20 EU countries ratify Association Agreement with Ukraine
As of today, 20 European Union member states have ratified the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, according to Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Valeriy Chaly.
The ratification process with Germany was completed on Wednesday with the transfer of the instruments of ratification in that country, he said.
Another four countries – the Czech Republic, France, Belgium and the Netherlands – have ratified the document by one of their parliament's chambers, and preparations for the ratification are under way in the remaining EU member states, namely Austria, Greece, Italy, and Cyprus.
Chaly said he hoped that all the EU member states would ratify the Association Agreement by the end of 2015. "The political phase of the ratification is nearing completion; and Ukraine's task is to effectively implement this Agreement," he said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine and the European Union signed the political provisions of the Association Agreement in 2014. The same year, Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada and the European Parliament simultaneously ratified the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. This document is also to be ratified by every EU member state.