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 EU-Ukraine Association Agreement entered into full effect, - Hroisman

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Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman has congratulated Ukrainians with coming into full force of the agreement between the EU and Euratom members on one side and Ukraine on the other side.

Hroisman wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

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"I congratulate all Ukrainians with a new milestone on our way into the EU! Today, the Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU is coming into full effect. And this is an extremely important step of the bilateral relations," Hroisman said.

"However, the economic chapter of the Free trade area agreement between Ukraine and the EU has been in effect for 18 months now. I am happy to say that the EU has become the key trade partner of our country over this period. Here are some figures: currently, trade with the EU member countries makes up 41.1 percent of the total foreign goods trade; the export of goods and services into the EU has increased by 22.8 percent over the first six months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, and reached $9.4 billion. There are some good results, and we continue developing and deepening our cooperation!" the prime minister wrote.

Many parts of the Association Agreement have been provisionally applied since 2014, but the adoption of the agreement will ensure closer cooperation between the EU and Ukraine in areas such as foreign policy, justice, education, science and technology.

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The economic part of the agreement, called the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is also intended to open up the EU market to Ukrainian goods and will align the Ukrainian economy with EU standards by harmonizing laws and regulations

Russia has indicated that it objects to the EU-Ukraine trade pact. Minutes of the June 29 meeting of the World Trade Association's Committee on Regional Trade Agreements that were published on July 11 record Russia's representative as saying the EU-Ukraine DCFTA was "an exemplary case of a situation where a free trade area worsened trade conditions for other trading partners."

Current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the EU agreement in June 2014, but it remained unratified after 61 percent of Dutch voters opposed it in a citizen-driven, nonbinding referendum in April 2016.

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The Dutch government eased voters' concerns in December the same year by negotiating a legally binding supplement to the Association Agreement with the other 27 EU member states to underscore that it will not give Kyiv the right to automatic EU membership or guarantee any EU military aid for Ukraine.

The Netherlands ratified the Association Agreement in June after both its lower house and Senate voted in favor of it earlier this year.
 
 
 
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