On 16 July 2018, the Council adopted negotiating directives for the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission to negotiate an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Uzbekistan. The new agreement will replace the 1999 Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and further strengthen the EU-Uzbekistan relations.
The ministers responsible for justice and home affairs of Estonia, Bulgaria, Austria and Romania, representing the trio of presidencies of the Council of the EU and the incoming presidency, met in Innsbruck on 13 July 2018 with their counterparts from the Eastern Partnership countries, namely the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
“Our Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area entered fully into force a year ago. The result is clear and positive. And Ukraine’s economy is recovering with renewed positive growth.”
“We have good results since we signed back in September 2017 the Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with Ukraine. The bilateral trade went up by almost 25% last year and the number of Ukrainian companies exporting to the European Union is also up by over 40%, going from 10,000 to 14,136, which is an encouraging result and which is helping Ukraine to grow in a steady pace.”
“In the last four years, we have done more together than in the last 20. That is testament to the efforts of the Ukrainian people and President Poroshenko. And it shows that the European Union will keep supporting and standing by you”, said the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
The 20th Summit between the European Union and Ukraine is taking place in Brussels today, with President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, representing the European Union. President Petro Poroshenko will represent Ukraine. They will be joined by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commission Vice-Presidents Maroš Šefčovič and Valdis Dombrovskis, and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.