Part of the draft EU – Ukraine Association Agreement which belongs to the
scope of competence of the Working Group for Economic, Sectoral, and Human Potential Development Issues covers the greatest number of
spheres, ranging from energy and transportation to culture and tourism, and
sections, in particular:
government finances: budget policy, internal control, and external audit
development of technologies
Policy in spheres
of manufacturing industry and entrepreneurship
mining and metallurgical spheres
companies foundation and operation
concerning the Danube
spheres of employment, social policy, and equal opportunities
training, and the youth
sporting and physical education spheres
civil society matters
EU programs and agencies
Legal status of
cooperation, in particular, in combating fraud.
The most important results of negotiations
with the framework of the Working Group include confirmation of agreement on
the annexes to those sections of the EU – Ukraine Association Agreement which contain
references to approximation of Ukrainian law to the European Union law. In fact, these annexes
provide adaptation schedules, stating the list of EU legislative acts and the
timeframes for implementation of their provisions in Ukrainian law. This approach represents the best reflection of
attempt to ensure the deepest possible economic integration of Ukraine
into EU’s domestic market. Also, such an itemization of obligations concerning
adaptation of the national law becomes main added value which makes difference
between the Association Agreement and the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.
Since the start of negotiations the Working
Group held 11 joint meetings, which since April 2007 were alternated between Kyiv and Brussels
according to the agreement of the parties:
in Kyiv, 24 May in Brussels, 2-4 July in Kyiv, 17-18 October
in Brussels, 11-12 December and 31 January
in 2008: 12-14 March
in Brussels, 2-4 June in Kyiv, 22-23 July
in Brussels, 4-6 November in Kyiv,
in 2009: 25-27 February in Brussels.
In order to accelerate negotiations, beginning from March 2009 the parties discuss the draft EU – Ukraine Association Agreement in the video conference format.
69 video conferences were held in 2009, which resulted in the preliminary closing of
discussions concerning 27 out of 30 sections of the draft Agreement.
In 2010 the parties held 14 video conferences
to discuss annexes to the following sections: Financial cooperation (fraud combating issues), Taxation, Environmental protection, and Transportation.
The European party had also initiated a number
of review sessions to harmonize the previously agreed-upon English-language
texts of the draft Agreement.
Also, the Secretariat of the Working Group participated in the video
conferences (11 in 2010 and one in 2011) which discussed the overall structure of the future Agreement and the
obligation fulfillment monitoring procedure, and the dispute settlement issues.
To renew certain provisions of the draft
Agreement, a number of video conferences was scheduled
for September 2011. This is necessitated, in particular, by expiration of certain EU regulations which must be adapted in Ukraine
as stipulated in annexes to sections of the draft Agreement, and by the Protocol to the Partnership and Cooperation
Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union and its Member States about
the Framework Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union on the general
principles of Ukraine’s participation in EU programs, which was signed at the
Fourteenth EU – Ukraine Summit held in Brussels on 22 November 2010.