EU-Ukraine: Towards a New Quality of Partnership

Mykhailo Pashkov, Co-Director of Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes at the Razumkov Centre, has analysed the strategic prospects of the EU-Ukraine relations.

Today, one of Brussels’ key priorities in the Ukrainian direction is the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, including its update. It is clear, however, that this “pre-war” document should undergo a major modernisation and include a joint movement towards the “four freedoms” of the European single market, in addition to trade liberalisation. It is also essential to make the Agreement’s Title II (Foreign and Security Policy) more specific by developing relevant annexes and action plans. In other words, the framework’s declarative novelties must be filled with specific content.

Modern realities and challenges bring to the fore issues of strategic prospects, the need for a new quality of the EU-Ukraine solidarity and the partnership in the economic, political and security spheres.

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