Ukraine has made progress in a number of important areas over the past year, but several outstanding reforms still need to be reinforced so that Ukrainian citizens can fully reap the benefits of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.
On 7 November, the EU published the Association Implementation Report, which monitors the implementation of the commitments under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement over the past year (since November 2017). The report also feeds into the annual EU-Ukraine Association Council, which will take place in Brussels on 17 December.
The report, which was prepared by the European External Action Service and the European Commission, was handed over to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, by the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, who was visiting Kyiv on 8-9 November.
“Ukraine has advanced in a number of important and demanding reforms over the past year, including healthcare, pensions, decentralisation, public administration, public procurement and the environment,” said Commissioner Hahn. “Now, in Ukraine's pre-election period, it is crucial to maintain the reform momentum and to make these changes irreversible. There cannot be roll-back on issues such as anti-corruption efforts. Continued reforms in the economic and justice sectors will send a strong signal not only to the citizens, but also to domestic and international investors and help boost the creation of jobs in Ukraine.”
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