The revision of the association agreement with the EU has already started, the document will be revised as soon as possible and all the changes will be signed, Prime Minister Denis Shmygal said at a briefing on Thursday.
“As for the revision of the agreement – it has indeed begun these days, it has started, it has been announced and the next work is painstaking technical work on specific articles of the agreement, on the revision of some standards, which have changed many times over the years… This is work that will obviously continue this year and I hope that in the shortest possible time we can revise the agreement and sign all changes,” Shmygal said.
According to him, Kyiv has agreed with the EU steps to update the parameters of the association agreement with the EU and the beginning of a dialogue on updating the parameters of a free trade zone with the EU.
The seventh meeting of the Ukraine-European Union Association Council was held in Brussels on February 11. Shmygal earlier reported that Kyiv intends to discuss the country’s accession to NATO and the acceleration of this process, as well as issues of updating the association agreement with the EU during the meeting of the Ukraine-EU Association Council.
Ukraine signed an association agreement with the EU in 2014, which provides for the creation of a free trade zone. In 2016, the agreement became fully effective, including the opening of the EU market in Ukraine. In addition to the free trade area, the agreement includes cooperation in the areas of defense, conflict prevention, taxation, state finances, counterterrorism, migration, and border control.