Ukraine – EU Relations: Looking Beyond the Horizon
This Discussion Paper has been prepared following the request of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee to the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels (the Office) to present the views of the Ukrainian think tanks and academic community on the future of EU-Ukraine relations. The document is a brief summary for the discussion during the Brussels UkraineLab 2018, held on 27 February 2018, and will result in a comprehensive position paper.
“Today, there are major fundamental changes taking place across the world, including within the EU and Ukraine. In this regard, there is an increasing need to intensify the discussions on the future stages of collaboration between Ukraine and the EU in the context of the integration process. With this objective, this position paper was prepared formulating a vision of what will impact the relations between Ukraine and the EU in the medium and long-term.
A group of Ukrainian experts drafted this document as a basis for discussion. Its contents solely represent the opinion of its authors. Furthermore, this document and its authors rely on the assumption that, despite all the current problems and challenges facing the EU and Ukraine, the EU will remain an example of the implementation and protection of democratic values and market economy principles, and that Ukraine will keep following a strategic direction of integration with the EU.
This document does not include scenarios on the pace of developments in the EU and as such, does not include any specific political response of Ukraine to such scenarios. It is an assessment of the factors that will influence both the perception of the EU in Ukraine and the format and scope of cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in terms of European integration”.