Draft Association Agreement with EU approved by Government

18 September 2013 16:51
Kyiv (QHA) - The Cabinet of Ministers at a meeting on Wednesday approved the draft Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union and its member states, the government's press service has reported, informs Interfax. "It just became known that the government had approved the draft Association Agreement with the EU," a government spokesman told journalists in Kyiv on Wednesday. The government published the draft agreement on the Web site of the Cabinet of Ministers in August 2013. The 236-page document comprises of seven sections and 486 articles, some of which deal with the media activities, protection of personal data, protection of intellectual property, and other issues. According to the draft agreement, the aims of association are to promote a gradual rapprochement between the parties based on common values and close and privileged links, and increasing Ukraine's association with EU policies, and participation in programs and agencies, establish conditions for enhanced economic and trade relations leading towards Ukraine's gradual integration in the EU internal market including by setting up a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, as well as to enhance cooperation in the field of justice, freedom and security with the aim of reinforcing the rule of law and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. As reported, the state agencies of Ukraine approved the draft Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU in August. The government will consider the document and then propose that the Ukrainian president sign the agreement. Kyiv hopes to sign the Association Agreement during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on November 28-29.