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The Fourth Round of Youth Essay Prize Competition

We announce here the fourth round of competition inviting young (under 30 years) citizens of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to submit essays of up to 3,000 words in English on any topic relevant to the Association Agreements & DCFTAs of their countries…
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EU issued 2019 Association implementation report on Ukraine

EU report: Implementation of reforms continues to bring EU and Ukraine closer together.  The new President, Parliament and Government of Ukraine have all stated their commitment to the continued implementation of the EU-Ukraine…

EU's statement on the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court of Georgia

Statement by the Spokesperson.The Georgian Parliament appointed yesterday 14 members of the Supreme Court, a key institution for the proper functioning of Georgia’s legal system. The selection procedure did not adhere to…

Euronest PA resolution on Trio+ Strategy 2030 and EaP

On 9 December 2019, during its 8th Ordinary Session held in Tbilisi, the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution on Trio+ Strategy 2030 and the Eastern Partnership.

Statement by the IMF Managing Director on Ukraine

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), held a telephone conversation on December 7, 2019 with Volodymyr Zelenskyi, President of Ukraine.    Following…

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova sign Joint Statement on the Future of Eastern Partnership

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, three Eastern Partnership countries, have signed a joint statement on the creation of a format of the EU plus the three countries for sectoral integration in transport, energy and other fields and…

Fourth Round of Youth Essay Prize Competition: Winners

We are happy to announce the winners of the fourth round of the youth essay competition for citizens of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.The call invited young (under 30 years) citizens of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine…

Joint parliamentary-governmental platform for European integration will be created in Ukraine

On November 19, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov and Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine…

"3 DCFTAs" team at the 3rd Association Exchange Forum in Kyiv

On November 13-15, the representatives of the '3 DCFTAs' consortium - Michael Emerson (CEPS), Veronika Movchan (IER), Lali Gogoberidze…

EU Delegation to Georgia reacts to on-going events in Tbilisi

On 17 November, the EUD to Georgia said that it “recognises the deep disappointment of a wide segment of Georgian society at the failure of Parliament to pass the constitutional amendments required to move to fully proportional parliamentary elections…

Shadow Report: 5 years of implementation of Association Agreement Republic of Moldova and European Union (2014-2019)

The Institute for European Policies and Reforms and the Expert-Group have prepared the Alternative Report, which provides an unbiased view on the evolution of the EU-Moldova dialogue, while reflecting the most important…

Ukraine and the EU intensify cooperation in countering disinformation

Ukraine and the EU have agreed to resume the work of the Ukraine-EU High Level Group on Strategic Communications chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. Deputy Prime…

EU-Georgian gov’t launch €48 mln programme to support vocational education, Georgian labour market

The EU and the government of Georgia have launched the second phase of the Skills4Jobs programme in Georgia that will assist 105,000 Georgians find jobs by expanding high quality vocational education, improving labour policies, and supporting…

Update: The Fourth Round of Youth Essay Prize Competition

Dear participants, the results of the essay competition will be announced by the end of the next week (November 8).Thank you for your patience!

Georgia and the UK signed Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement

Georgia and the United Kingdom (UK) have signed a Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement earlier today, which is the first deal in the region which will come into play after Brexit takes places and ensure free trade between Georgia…

Eurointegration offices will be opened in the regions of Ukraine

It is planned to open European integration offices in the regions of Ukraine. Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba said at a briefing. The main function of these offices is to…

Georgia sweetcorn goes on sale at European supermarkets

Kakheti sweetcorn on sale in supermarket is first success of large scale EU-FAO project aiming at increasing Georgian farmer productivity and income through modern methods and connecting producers with retailers. David and Valentina Kapanadze…

Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament plenary debate on the situation in Ukraine

In these five years, the citizens of Ukraine have been calling for change in their country. I say five years, because when I started Ukraine was almost the only issue on our foreign policy agenda. In one sense I am worried…

EU approves €30 million disbursement in Macro-Financial Assistance to Moldova

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today approved the disbursement of €30 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to the Republic of Moldova. This is the first of three planned disbursements under the Macro-Financial…

Joint press statement following the fifth Association Council meeting between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova

The European Union and the Republic of Moldova (hereinafter "Moldova") today held the fifth meeting of the Association Council under the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. The Association Council recalled that on 20 June 2019 the European Council invited…

Open tender - Project evaluation

CEPS leads a project supported by the Swedish Sida on the Association Agreements and DCFTAs between the EU and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The project ran in a first stage from 2015 to 2018, and in a second stage now will run from 2019 to 2021. And…

The Fourth Round of Youth Essay Prize Competition

We announce here the fourth round of competition inviting young (under 30 years) citizens of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to submit essays of up to 3,000 words in English on any topic relevant to the Association Agreements & DCFTAs of their countries…

EU Delegation and the Canadian Embassy criticises some of the proposals on the judiciary reform in Ukraine

The EU Delegation to Ukraine and the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine have sent a joint letter to the Office of the President, in which they expressed their position on bill No. 1008 on amendments to some laws of Ukraine regarding the activities of judicial…

OSCE/ODIHR criticises nomination, appointment of Supreme Court Judges in Georgia

Warsaw, September 2019 – The nomination and appointment of Supreme Court Judges in Georgia is lacking transparency and accountability despite some positive measures to build public trust in the judiciary, according to a new report from the OSCE Office…

New Russian bans on imports from Ukraine

Ukraine’s dependence on the market for exports to Russia has been declining drastically since 2011 (Figure 1). Until then Ukraine’s exports to Russia, the EU and the rest of the world had been following similar paths. Since then exports to Russia got…

Unlocking European Assistance for Moldova: with or without conditionality?

Political changes in Moldova send extremely positive echoes abroad. The change of the law on prosecutors' office, the corrections to the electoral code to return to the proportional system, and the impetus to the investigation of "the theft of the…

Focus Group No. 3 - Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary regulations (SPS)

In March 2019 we began a series of monthly focus group meetings on key aspects of the Association Agreements and DCFTAs between the EU and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Focus group sessions are held in each of the three capitals with a range of stakeholders…

Z-winner takes it all: What will the future Parliament of Ukraine look like?

While the vote-counting in Ukraine continues, it is already clear that the president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has secured the power over legislative and, consequently, executive branches of the government. His political force, the Servant of the People…

Is it a new Moldova? Event report

Mridvika Sahajpal On July 15, CEPS hosted Moldovan Foreign Minister and former CEPS researcher Nicu Popescu in house for an event giving an account of the new politics of Moldova following a major constitutional crisis, and an unexpected coalition…

Zelenskyy’s lustration mistake

The term lustration (люстрація in Ukrainian) has its origin in Roman purification rituals. It came into use in contemporary politics in 1989-91 with the end of Communism in Europe, with several central and east European states banning former Communist…

Focus Group No. 2 – Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)

In March 2019 we began what will be a series of monthly focus group meetings on key aspects of the Association Agreements and DCFTAs between the EU and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Focus group sessions will be held in each of the three capitals with…

Advancing mutual commitment: joint statement following the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit

EU-Ukraine Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met in Kyiv today for the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit and issued the following statement

Results of the 21st Ukraine-EU Summit

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, met in Kyiv today for the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit and issued the following statement. Also,…

Abkhazia and the danger of "ossetianization"

When Georgian-Russian relations suffer a downturn — as they have over the crisis of the last two weeks - the people who live in Abkhazia and South Ossetia suffer the consequences. The Georgians of Abkhazia’s Gali region, who live a precarious life…

"Anti-oligarch spring" or temporary illusion in Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine?

The eastern neighborhood of the EU is now undergoing major democratic transformations, the irreversibility of which will require verification over time. In Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, anti-oligarchic rhetoric is the dominant element of political…

Georgia: An Unexpected Expected Crisis

In the evening of June 19th, I with two other experts took part in a talk-show on a Georgian TV channel. We all agreed that for the moment, the Georgian Dream (GD) party led by Bidzina Ivanishvili, a secretive plutocrat, looked all but impregnable…

Surrender of the oligarchic regime, re-launching of European integration in Moldova and Russia’s agenda

Even if the oligarchic regime in Moldova successfully monopolized political power during almost four years, it managed to oppose the remodeling of the political landscape by the coalition between ACUM and the Party of Socialists (PSRM) for only a week…

Moldova’s political crisis: Overcoming the geopolitical puzzle and the "captured state"

After almost three months from the validation of the results of the parliamentary elections (9…

South Ossetia Today

South Ossetia has all but disappeared from international view since the Georgia-Russia conflict of 2008. This study—the second in a series in which CEPS is looking at four of the conflicts around unrecognized and breakaway territories in Russia’s periphery—examines…

Eastern Partnership joint declaration on transport cooperation

Marking 10 years of cooperation within the Eastern Partnership (EaP), transport ministers from the 28 EU countries and the 6 EaP countries met on June 6 in Luxembourg to discuss cooperation in the area of transport. The main topics for discussion were…

Avant-garde, Core EU and Wider Europe

Avant-garde and Core EU are familiar terms in European discussions about the future of Europe. There is a dynamic process under way, with an increasing competences conducted by an Avant-garde groups responsible for the Euro, Schengen and defence, alongside…

Three dimensions of risk to visa liberalization in Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine

The visa-free regime extended to Moldova in 2014 and to Ukraine and Georgia in 2017 has marked an important milestone in their relationships with the European Union. As a result, traveling to Europe has been eased and turned into an indispensable normality…

The 1st day of Zelenskyi's visit to Brussels as the President of Ukraine

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is in Brussels conducting his first official foreign visit since taking office on May 20. On June 4, the Ukrainian president met with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission and with NATO Secretary…

Perception vs. Reality? The EU and AA countries shared gender gaps

Gender gaps in the participation of Moldovan, Georgian and Ukrainian citizens in the political, social and economic realm are in most cases not substantially different than those in EU countries. Due at least in part to a Soviet legacy that prioritized…

Report: High Level Conference on the 10the Anniversary of the Eastern Partnership

The high-level conference was organized by a keynote and closing speech, remarks, and two panels followed by Q/A sessions. This report will briefly summarize the main points of most speakers. Persons not referenced in this report are moderators Deputy…

President Zelenskiy’s inauguration speech

Dear Ukrainians! After my election victory, my six-year-old son said: «Dad, they say on TV that Zelensky is the President … So, it means that…I am... the President too?!» At the time, it sounded funny, but later I realized that it was true.…

Prospective FTA between Georgia and India: Another result of DCFTA?

Even though the EU-Georgia DCFTA has not yet had any substantial impact on trade and Georgia’s exports to the EU, it undoubtedly changed in a positive way Georgia’s prospective attractiveness as a trade and investment hub. After the entry into force…

Eastern Partnership foreign ministers meeting: Chair's conclusions on the occasion of the Eastern Partnership 10th Anniversary

13/05/2019, Brussels. 1. Ten years ago, in May 2009, the Heads of State or Government and representatives of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and…

Comparing gender gaps in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. A preliminary quantitative analysis of gendered datasets

This paper investigates different types of gender gaps that exist in the perceptions and participation of Moldovan, Georgian and Ukrainian citizens in the political, social and economic realms. The aim of this preliminary study is to not only analyse…

EU-Ukraine association project launched in Kyiv

On May 19 of 2016 a new EU funded Project Association4U is launched in Ukraine. The Project will provide support to the Government of Ukraine (GoU) in mastering the process of the Association Agreement (AA) implementation, by among others, providing…

Focus Group No. 1 – DCFTA trade policy issues

In March 2019 we began what will be a series of monthly focus group meetings on key aspects of the Association Agreements and DCFTAs between the EU and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Focus group sessions will be held in each of the three capitals with…

Can a Free Trade Agreement with China be suitable for Moldova?

At the beginning of 2018, the Government of the Republic of Moldova started negotiations on a free trade agreement with China. According to the Moldovan authorities, this initiative will facilitate trade between the two countries, and also attract…

The Eastern Partnership at 10: The road to hell is paved with good intentions

The EU’s Eastern Partnership programme is often underestimated for what it has accomplished but overestimated for what it can achieve. Ten years since its formal launch on 7 May 2009, the EaP has brought sizeable benefits in terms of political association,…

The Russian factor in Moldova’s energy insecurity

A Moldova still struggles to overcome the various handicaps in its energy sector. The de-politicization of the regulatory agency, diversification of supply, and Russia’s monopolistic position, combine to maintain serious distortions in the energy sector…

Transformation of Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary measures under Moldova’s DCFTA with the European Union

Moldova engaged in an unprecedented process of economic restructuring by signing with the European Union the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), where agriculture is one of the priority intervention areas,…

Ukraine after the presidential elections

The election results. According to the results of the national exit poll that came…

Ukraine: President Tusk and President Juncker congratulate the president-elect Zelenskyi

Joint letter of President Tusk and President Juncker to Volodymyr Zelensky, President-elect of Ukraine. On behalf of the European Union, we would like to congratulate you on your election as President of Ukraine. Allow…

Ukraine-Israel FTA: new trade opportunities

In January 2019, Ukraine and Israel signed a free trade agreement (FTA), concluding more than five years of negotiations. Unlike the DCFTA with the EU covering a broad range of issues in trade in goods, services, capital flows and legal harmonisation,…

Georgian Parliament presents its Action Plan on the implementation of the Association Agreement

Legal approximation, oversight and public outreach – three areas of parliamentary engagement in the implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union. On April 15, 2019, Georgia’s Parliament Speaker, Irakli…

Poroshenko has appointed judges to anti-corruption court

On April 11, President Petro Poroshenko appointed 38 judges to the newly established High Anti-Corruption Court, including eight controversial ones. President Poroshenko stressed: "The Supreme Anticorruption Court must significantly strengthen…

Ukraine before the second round of the presidential elections

The voting day passed rather calmly, and observers have not reported major electoral fraud, stating that basic standards of free elections were safeguarded. Hopefully the same will apply to the second round on April 21. The final result of…

Tunisian Delegation visited Reformatics to share Georgian experience on DCFTA

On 12th-14th of March 2019, one of the "3 DCFTAs" consortium members, Reformatics, hosted the Tunisian DCFTA negotiating team in Georgia. The aim of the visit was to share the Georgian experience of DCFTA negotiation process with the EU and its implementation…

Georgia-China FTA: Results of the First Year

Please refer to the full version via the download link below since the op-ed contains graphs and tables. The free trade agreement between Georgia and China has been in force since January 2018. Although one year is a short period to make any…

Transnistria: DCFTA’s Implications for Foreign Trade

The Association Agreement between the Republic of Moldova and European Union has major political, social and especially economic implications (mainly its component of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). The economic side of it resulted…

Presidential Elections in Ukraine: preserving the pro-EU course?

In less than two weeks, on March 31, the Ukrainians will head to the polling stations to cast their vote for the country's next President. However, the winner would be announced only at the beginning of May since it is highly unlikely that any of the…

Moldova: The struggles to build a post-electoral coalition

The Constitutional Court validated the mandates of the 101 new MPs (9…

Major trends of Ukraine’s exports in 2018 and outlook for 2019

The year 2018 was a distinct year for Ukraine’s goods exports featuring several “never-before” statistical facts. On the one hand, the value and share of exports to the European Union reached their historic maximum, backed by the stimuluses…

Veronika Movchan gave a lecture at the Kyiv National Linguistic University

On March 7, Veronika Movchan, the leader of the Ukrainian team of the 3DCFTAs project, has presented to students of the Kyiv National Linguistic University. The lecture was dedicated to the issues of the…

The 5th EU-Georgia Association Council: main results

The Association Council reviewed the state of EU-Georgia bilateral relations. "Georgia has made great steps in the implementation of the association agreement. This provides the basis for our political association and economic integration.…

The State of the Donbass

The Donbass region of eastern Ukraine is among Europe’s most deadly modern battlefields on which more than 13,000 people have been killed since 2014. But it is also a propaganda war, where many shots are being fired not to kill somebody but send a…

Joint press statement following the 5th Association Council meeting between the EU and Georgia

Council of the EU The European Union and Georgia held the 5th meeting of the Association Council on 5 March 2019. The Association Council took note of the 2018 Association Implementation Report on Georgia and positively assessed the state of…

The State of the Donbass: A Study of Eastern Ukraine’s Separatist-held Areas

The conflict in Donbass, which is entering its sixth year, is among Europe's biggest security challenges. This study offers a first comprehensive political, economic and societal assessment of the "People's Republics" of eastern Ukraine, on which information…

Moldovan Elections: still between State Capture vs. Russian Influence

Less than 1.5 million citizens voted to renew the legislative body of Moldova. This is only 49% of total number of voters or about 200.000 fewer votes compared to 2014. Neither the populist policies introduced by the government in 2018, nor the consultative…

Towards a Wider Europe

Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine would like to find ways to reinforce their European integration ambitions, currently based on their Association Agreements and DCFTAs with the EU. Given the impasse over demands by these three states for 'membership perspectives',…

CEPS is looking for a researcher on the EU's relations with Eastern Neighbourhood

“Researcher – Europe in the World Unit”. Main tasks: You will become a member of CEPS’ staff and work in the ‘Europe in the World’ unit. You will conduct research activities on a broad range of policy…

Association Implementation Report on Georgia 2019

European Commission. In line with the revised European Neighbourhood Policy, this report sets out the state of play of Georgia’s commitments under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA) since the meeting of the EU-Georgia Association Council…

Eastern Partnership European School Scholarship Programme 2019-2020

A new call for scholarships is now open for students aged 16-17 from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine who want to deepen their knowledge of Europe and the European Union. Applications can be submitted until…

Expert-Grup: Against a difficult economic and political background, the EU succeeded in strengthening its position as the main selling market for Moldova

The Independent Think-Tank Expert-Grup in partnership with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) from Brussels organized the conference “Possibilities and obstacles to systemic changes in Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia in the context of Association…

Presentation of the 3DCFTAs Handbooks in Kyiv: Post-Event Report

European Progress and Prospects of Ukraine - What has changed since the signing of the Association Agreement? On November 19, 2018, a conference "European Choice for Ukraine: Progress and Prospects" was held in Kyiv. It was organized jointly…

Double Book Launch Conference in Moldova: “Possibilities and obstacles to systemic changes in Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia”

The Independent Think-Tank Expert-Grup in partnership with the Centre for European Policies Study (CEPS) are pleased to invite you to participate in the conference “Possibilities and obstacles to systemic changes in Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia”. The…

Launch of 2nd editions of the handbooks in Georgia

Steven Blockmans (CEPS) and Tamara Kovziridze (Reformatics) are today in Georgia launching 2nd editions of our handbooks and the edited volume "The Struggle for Good Governance in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova". The first presentation was hosted by…

Public discussions "The European choice of Ukraine: progress and perspectives" (Dnipro, Odesa, Kyiv)

CEPS and the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) together with the Civic Synergy Project organize the public discussions “The European Choice of Ukraine: Progress and Perspectives” in three Ukrainian cities: Dnipro,…

Third Round of Youth Essay Prize Competition: Winners

The third round of competition was announced in December 2017 with a cut-off date at the end of August 2018. The call invited young (under 30 years) citizens of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to submit essays of up to 3,000 words in English on…

Four books on progress towards good governance in Eastern Europe

Published by CEPS in association with experts from the three countries and with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), these four books represent the most comprehensive and independent assessment of the Association Agreements…

3DCFTAs at the 2nd Association Exchange Forum

The representative of the "3DCFTAs" Project took part in the 2nd Association Exchange Forum held in Kyiv on September 19-21. In particular, Michael Emerson (CEPS), Veronika Movchan (IER), and Denis Cenusa (Exper-Grup) have participated as speakers…

Commission signs €1 billion in Macro-Financial Assistance to support reforms in Ukraine

The European Commission has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ukraine in Kyiv for Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) of up to €1 billion in the form of medium- and long-term loans. With this assistance, the EU will…

CEPS has won the 2018 Prospect Think Tank Award for the Best European think tank in Global Affairs

CEPS is proud to announce that it has won the 2018 Prospect Think Tank Award for the Best European think tank in Global Affairs. Founded in 2001, the awards are an annual recognition of the important and influential work carried…

20th EU-Ukraine summit joint statement

At the 20th summit between the European Union and Ukraine, leaders discussed next steps in the implementation of the Association Agreement and the EU's support for Ukraine's ambitious reform agenda. Following the summit, Donald Tusk, President…

The European Parliament adopted resolution on the political crisis in Moldova following the invalidation of the mayoral elections in Chișinău

On July 5, 2018, the EP voted on the joint motion of the resolution on Moldova that includes the demands from the European Commission to suspend the budgetary support until certain conditions are met.

Third Round of Youth Essay Prize Competition: Submission Deadline has been extended

The deadline for essays submission has been extended to 31 August 2018. Essays should be no longer than 3,000 words and written in English on any topic relevant to the Association Agreements & DCFTAs of their countries with…

Ukraine: Council endorses agreement on a further € 1bn in loans

On 29 May 2018, EU ambassadors endorsed, on behalf of the Council, an agreement with the European Parliament on a new package of macro-financial assistance for Ukraine. A further €1 billion in loans will cover Ukraine’s financing needs over…

Third Round of Youth Essay Prize Competition: an Important Update on the Submission Process

Young authors who are eager to take part in the Essay Competition should submit their works by email to essayprize@ext.ceps.eu. The deadline is 31 August 2018. Please…

EU-Moldova Association Council, 03/05/2018

Main results. The Association agreement shows the EU's commitment to strengthening political association and economic integration with the Republic of Moldova by working in close partnership. The Association agreement and…

Statement by Commissioner Hahn on the extension of e-declaration obligations to civil society in Ukraine

On 1 April, the deadline for submission of the asset declarations for civil society activists will lapse. The Ukrainian authorities have not lived up to their commitment. The failure to repeal the extension of this obligation from public officials…

Speech of Ukraine's President at 54th Munich Security Conference

Distinguished Mr. Ischinger, dear colleagues, friends, ladies and gentlemen. It is my great honor to be here today, at the Munich Security Conference. A platform, at which we all think about the many challenges to global security. Thank you…

Commissioner Johannes Hahn meets with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova Mr. Tudor Ulianovschi (press statement)

Brussels, 14 February 2018. Let me recap the main messages I have passed to Minister Ulianovschi at our first encounter today: Firstly, the citizens of Moldova can rest assured that the EU remains committed to…

EU-Georgia Association Council: Remarks by HR/VP

We had a very long, very intense and very positive meeting. It has been, as always, a pleasure to welcome and host you here in Brussels, Giorgi [Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia], just a couple of months after a very successful Eastern…

IMF and the World Bank slam presidential draft bill on anti-corruption court in Ukraine

The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have officially informed the Ukrainian authorities that the adoption of the presidential draft Law on the Anti-Corruption Court in its current version will mean Kyiv’s violation of its obligations…

EU-Ukraine AA/DCFTA is ranked above the possible Brexit outcome for the UK

A free trade deal with the European Union similar to those it has with Canada and South Korea is the logical outcome of Britain’s Brexit “red lines” and EU rules, according to a graphic issued by EU negotiator Michel Barnier. It is interesting that…

Second Rounds of Youth Essay Prize Competition: winners and the third call

The second round of competition was announced in May 2017 with a cut-off date at the end of August 2017. The call invited young (under 30 years) citizens of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to submit essays of up to 3,000 words in English on any…

Moldova: EU cuts budget support programme for justice reforms

On October 11, the EU announces that it will not transfer any further funds to the Moldovan state budget to support reforms in the justice sector. These funds were made available to the Moldovan authorities who had agreed to use them for reforming…

Trade opening for Ukraine: Joint Statement by Commissioner Malmström and Deputy Minister Mykolska

Brussels, 29 September 2017. In a joint statement, European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and Trade Representative of Ukraine - Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade Nataliya Mykolska welcome…

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement fully enters into force

Brussels, 1 September 2017. Today, the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine enters fully into force. The Association Agreement, including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is…

Council adopts temporary trade preferences in favour of Ukraine

On 17 July 2017, the Council adopted a set of temporary autonomous trade measures in favour of Ukraine. These measures should enter into force by the end of September and will apply for a period of three years.  “With today's decision, we are allowing…

The Council of the EU adopts EU-Ukraine association agreement

On 11 July, the Council adopted a decision to conclude the Association Agreement with Ukraine on behalf of the European Union. This takes place on the eve of the EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, on 12 and 13 July. This is the final step of the ratification…

The radical changes in trade structures of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, towards Europe, away from Russia

With the entry into force of the EU’s Association Agreements that include Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, the evolution of the trade structures of these three countries is being closely watched. However…

Youth Essay Prize Competition: first winners and the second call

The competition was announced at the beginning of 2017 with a first cut-off date of 31 March, with a view to holding a second call to follow later in the year. The call invited young (under 30 years) citizens of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine…

Eastern Borderlands as Europe-Makers: (How) Can neighbours redefine the EU?

A general and strategic effect of EU’s Association Agreements and DCFTAs with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine has been the extension of the concept of Europe and its wider opening to neighborhoods and margins. It is on this basis that a European normative…

Might greater gender equality in senior roles help reduce corruption in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine?

Based on the definitions of “corruption” adopted by major international institutions and of “women in power” adopted by the United Nations, this note focuses on whether a larger number of women in power positions in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine…

Third Association Council meeting between the EU and Moldova: Joint Statement

Joint statement following the third Association Council meeting between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova. The European Union and the Republic of Moldova (hereinafter "Moldova") held today the third meeting of…

Ryanair Launches Low Fares In Ukraine

Ryanair Holdings Plc will extend its network further east than ever before with flights from Ukraine, targeting a market the low-cost giant says has huge pent-up…

Association Implementation Report on the Republic of Moldova 3/10/2017

European Commission, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The reviewed European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) gives the EU and its neighbours a clear political framework for cooperation in the coming years…

EU Council confirms agreement on visa liberalisation for Ukrainians

On 2 March EU ambassadors confirmed the informal agreement reached on 28 February 2017 between the Maltese Presidency and the European Parliament on visa liberalisation for Ukrainians. The regulation will now be submitted to the European Parliament…

Ukraine's trade with the EU boosted by the first full year of the Association Agreement

Following two years of declining trade, due to external aggression, a global decrease in commodity prices and severe economic crisis, exports from Ukraine to the EU began to increase again in 2016, by 3,7% in 2016n (to a total of 13,5 bn$). This performance…

European Court confirms asset freeze on Russian missile produce

The General Court of the European Union at a hearing on Jan. 25 dismissed an appeal by Russian company Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense, a state-owned manufacturer of anti-aircraft weaponry — including Buk surface-to-air missile systems — against…

High-level conference in Brussels: "Ukraine’s reforms and the role of the EU: How to unleash Ukraine’s economic potential?"

High-level conference co-organised with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Since the Maidan protests of 2013-14, Ukraine has undertaken intense and unprecedented reforms across a number of sectors of the economy and…

Call for applications - the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) 2-15 July 2017

The College of Europe Natolin Campus, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF) announce a call for applications for the fifth edition of the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) which…

Essay Prize Competition for young scholars

We announce here a new competition inviting young (under 30 years) citizens of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to submit essays of up to 3,000 words in English on any topic relevant to the Association Agreements & DCFTAs of their countries with the EU. The…

Joint press release following the 3rd Association Council meeting between the European Union and Ukraine

The third meeting of the EU−Ukraine Association Council took place on 19 December 2016 in Brussels. Following the meeting, the EU and Ukraine adopted a joint press release.

Association Implementation Report on Georgia 11/25/2016

European Commission, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Joint press release following the 3rd Association Council meeting between the European Union and Georgia

The European Union and Georgia held the 3rd meeting of the Association Council on 2 December 2016. The Council is the highest formal body established under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement to supervise the implementation of the Agreement and to…

European Commission supports Ukraine on its reform path

Brussels, 28 October 2016. Support Group for Ukraine: first report shows positive impact on delivery of reforms The European Commission strongly supports the comprehensive reform agenda of the Ukrainian government.…

Ukraine: More citizens granted EU residence than any other non-EU country

Half a million Ukrainians received EU residence in 2015, more than any other non-EU country, according to data on first residence permits released from Eurostat on 27 October. Employment was the main reason for Ukrainians moving into the EU, with 75%…

Commissioner Malmström visits Kyiv on 29.09 and presents EC proposal on additional trade preferences for Ukraine

During her recent visit to Kyiv (29.09.16), trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmströmn announced the EU’s readiness to offer further market openings to Ukrainian agricultural and industrial products, on top of what is already offered under the Association…

Conference (Brussels, September 20): "Understanding the EU’s three Association Agreements and DCFTAs with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine"

Date and time: 20 September 2016, Tuesday, 09:30-17:15. Location: CEPS,1, Place du Congrès, Brussels. CEPS is currently leading a project with partner institutes in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine aimed at explaining the political, economic…

CEPS and its partners release three Handbooks on DCFTAs and AAs (Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine)

The signing of the Association Agreements and DCFTAs between the European Union and Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine in 2014 was a strategic political act to deepen the realisation of ‘European choice’ of these three Eastern Partnership states. The…

Press-Statement by Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger on plans to launch a "Digital Community" with Ukraine

Today (26.07), Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, and the Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman spoke at a high-level policy event in Kiev which explored the challenges and opportunities that the…

EU-Ukraine Human Rights Dialogue took place in Kyiv

Kyiv, 20/07/2016. The European Union and Ukraine held their annual Human Rights Dialogue on 20 July 2016 in Kyiv. The EU-Ukraine Human Rights Dialogue was held for the second time as a dedicated full-day event since the start…

The ‪‎EU‬ Associations Agreements with ‎Georgia‬ and ‪‎Moldova‬ fully enter into force

Today, July 1, the EU Associations Agreements (AA) with Georgia and Moldova officially enter into force. The AAs will further deepen economic and political relations between the EU and the two countries to the benefit of all the parties involved.

Ukraine: 36 students win Erasmus Mundus scholarships to study in European universities

Thirty-six graduate students from Ukraine will this autumn start their Master's and Doctorate Programmes at Austrian, Dutch, British, Spanish, French, Italian, Belgian, German, Swedish and Portuguese universities. These opportunities have become available…

New public opinion poll on the AA (Ukraine)

In the survey, conducted by GfK Ukraine on request of the Institute of World Policy, answering the question, what should the Ukrainian government do, if the EU does not offer the prospect of membership to Ukraine in the nearest future, almost half…

European Commission proposes visa-free travel for Ukrainians 20.04.2016

“The European Commission (EC) is today proposing to the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament (EP) to lift visa requirements for the citizens of Ukraine by transferring Ukraine to the list of countries whose citizens can travel…

Online course on “Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreements (DCFTA)” is now available

The E-Platform for Neighbourhood project published an online course on “Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreements (DCFTA)”.

3DCFTAs team visits Kyiv: press conference on implementation of AAs and DCFTAs in Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova

Experts of the consortium took part in the round-table "DCFTAs between the EU and Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova: first results of the implementation" organised by the Institute for Economic Forecasting and Policy Consulting (IER) in Kyiv on…

Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrӧm visits Georgia on 21 March 2016

EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström today (21.03.16) visits Tbilisi, Georgia, to take stock of the implementation of the EU-Georgia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), in place for the past 18 months. In the Georgian capital, the…

Back to direct presidential elections in Moldova: From one political crisis to another?

Joint Press Release following the second Association Council meeting between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova

Survey: Ukraine Looks West When It Comes to Foreign Policy

A recent survey conducted by Rating Group Ukraine on January 14, a polling company, found that 59 % of Ukrainians would vote for accession to the European Union (EU) if a national referendum were to be held in the country. According to the agency’s…

The Council of the European Union conclusions on the Republic of Moldova

Council conclusions on the Republic of Moldova, 15/02/2016. 1. The Council reaffirms its commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova. It also confirms…

The Dutch Referendum on the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine: A challenge for Europe

On 6 April 2016, the Netherlands will hold a nation-wide referendum on whether to confirm or reject its government’s ratification of the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine, as part of the Agreement’s requirement that it must be ratified by all…

2016 already puts its mark on the economic map of Europe

The start of the year brought highly symbolic changes to the trade policy map of Europe between the EU- and Russian-led blocs, as the EU’s Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with Ukraine entered into force provisionally, while Russia moved…

Statement by the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili in connection to the latest resolution of the European Parliament on AAs / DCFTAs with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

Remarks by Johannes Hahn on behalf of the HR/VP at the EP Plenary 20/01/2016

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The Ukrainian government enlarges the list of banned Russian commodities to be imported to Ukraine

On January 20, Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers adopted a decision to expand the list of prohibited import goods from Russia. This decision alters the recent December 30 import ban list, which was in reaction to Russia's prohibition of numerous Ukrainian…

Results of the trilateral talks on DCFTA implementation (21 December 2015)

The EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and the Russian Minister for Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev met on 21 December 2015 in the framework of the trilateral talks to find practical solutions to…

Remarks by HRVP Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the Foreign Affairs Council

At the press conference following the Foreign Affairs Council, HRVP Federica Mogherini spoke about the EU-Ukraine relations. In particular, Ms Mogherini has touched the issues of the implementation of the Minsk agreements, the EU's support of the reform…

Ukraine: Visa liberalisation and multiple trade policy measures

The European Commission recommended to the EU Council and Parliament on 18 December the liberalisation of visas for Ukraine (as also for Georgia, and more precisely in both cases the scrapping of requirements for short-term 3 month visas for the Schengen…

EU opens door for visa-free travel from Georgia

The Commission adopted today the fourth and last progress report on Georgia's implementation of the action plan on visa liberalisation (VLAP). The progress report highlights the significant headway made by Georgia to meet the criteria for visa liberalisation. Following…

Commission Progress Report: Ukraine meets criteria for visa liberalisation

The Commission adopted today the sixth and last progress report on the implementation by Ukraine of its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP). The progress report highlights the significant headway made by Ukraine to meet the criteria for visa liberalisation. Following…

Tbilisi hosts Gender Conference and adopts Tbilisi Declaration

Tbilisi hosted one of the region's biggest gender equality events on 10 November, the International High-Level Conference “Achieving Gender Equality - Challenges and Opportunities in the ENP Region”. The first conference in the region organized under…

CEPS Launches 3DCFTAs.eu website

Welcome to this new website dedicated to the EU’s Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The website is an integral part of the communications platform of the ‘3 DCFTAs’ project…