On 28 January, the EU and Ukraine held the sixth meeting of the Association Council in Brussels. This was the first Association Council chaired by Oleksiy Honcharuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine, and the EU delegation led by Josep Borrell, EU High Representative.
The meeting demonstrated the intensity of dialogue between the EU and Ukraine, covering a wide range of issues of mutual interest, and welcomed the progress made since the last EU-Ukraine summit held on 8 July 2019.
The Association Council reaffirmed the continued commitment of the parties to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the EU on the basis of the Association Agreement, its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area and to the common values enshrined in it.
The Council welcomed the concrete results that the implementation of the Association Agreement continues to deliver for the benefit of the citizens of the EU and Ukraine. This is demonstrated, inter alia, by increasing bilateral trade which grew by 13% during the first nine months of 2019 compared to 2018.
The Association Council also welcomed the positive impact of the visa-free regime on people-to-people contacts between Ukraine and the EU, with Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports having visited the Schengen area without a visa more than three million times already.
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