At the EU-Ukraine Association Council both sides reaffirmed their close and comprehensive partnership. In the margins, several agreements were signed, demonstrating the EU's ongoing commitment to Ukraine and its reform efforts.
The European Union and Ukraine held the third meeting of the Association Council on 19 December 2016 in Brussels, one month after a successful 18th EU-Ukraine Summit and a week after the EU released a joint report examining the state of play of Ukraine's implementation of its Association Agenda since 1 January 2015.
The Association Council reaffirmed the close and comprehensive partnership between the EU and Ukraine, based on common values of democracy, rule of law and human rights. It reaffirmed the continuing commitment to political association and economic integration between the EU and Ukraine. Read the full press release on the outcome of the Association Council.
In the margins of the Association Council the European Commission and Ukraine signed the following agreements:
Agreement supporting Ukraine's public administration reform which is worth €104 million and is one component of a larger package totalling €300 million of EU support for accountable and transparent governance in Ukraine;
A series of cross-border cooperation agreements, confirming Ukraine's participation in EU-funded programmes involving Romania; Poland and Belarus; Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, and the Black Sea region. These programmes will promote continued economic and social development in regions on both sides of common borders and addressing common challenges in a range of priority areas, as well as to ensure efficient and secure borders;
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Ukraine signed the latest set of loans, totalling approximately €600 million and underpinned partly by EU grants, in the total €3 billion financial assistance programme for 2014-2016. This is part of the €11 billion EU support package announced by the EU in March 2014, and demonstrates the EU's commitment to helping Ukraine stabilise its economic and financial situation, increase resilience, and act as a catalyst for prosperity for the citizens of Ukraine. More information here.
European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/news/2016/12/20161219_en.htm