The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union is an association agreement between the European Union (EU), Euratom, Ukraine and the 28 UNION Member States (separate parts of the EU and Euratom). It creates a political and economic association between the parties. The agreement came into force on September 1, 2017 and some parts had previously been provisionally implemented. The parties pledged to cooperate in a wide range of areas and to end economic policy, legislation and regulation, including equal rights for workers, approaches to the free movement of persons, the exchange of information and staff in the field of justice, the modernisation of Ukraine`s energy infrastructure and access to the European Investment Bank. The parties committed to holding summit meetings and regular meetings between ministers, other officials and experts. In addition, the agreement establishes a comprehensive and comprehensive free trade area between the parties. In trilateral discussions in early September 2014, the European Commission, the Ukrainian and Russian government agreed to postpone the provisional implementation of the agreement until the end of 2015. „We have agreed to postpone the request until 31 December next year,“ EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said on 12 September 2014 in Brussels, at the end of talks with Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. According to Interfax, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had spoken in favour of the decision. „This is a very important decision and we are very grateful to the EU for providing privileged access to the European market,“ said Pavlo Klimkin. This will allow our businesses to prepare for trade liberalization.  EU countries have not yet agreed. Unilateral trade facilitation – the abolition of import duties in the EU – remains in force, provided the EU Council of Ministers is approved. Tariffs on EU products exported to Ukraine are maintained.
Participants discussed the implementation of the ASSOCIATION agreement BETWEEN the EU and Ukraine, with a focus on political reforms, the rule of law and security, economic cooperation and trade. The Association Council reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to strengthening Ukraine`s political association and economic integration in the European Union, on the basis of the Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (ACFTA). The agreement also commits both sides to cooperate and converge between policies, legislation and regulations in a wide range. [how?] These include equal rights for workers, approaches to the free movement of people, the exchange of information and staff in the field of justice, the modernisation of Ukraine`s energy infrastructure, access to the European Investment Bank and many others. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych reaffirmed his commitment to the agreement in his annual speech on Ukraine`s Independence Day on 24 August and called it an incentive for Ukraine to become a modern European state. In the same speech, he also called for the preservation and deepening of relations“…, the united Russia, countries of the Eurasian community, other world leaders and new centers of economic development.  Pro-European Ukrainian opposition politicians said that Russia`s action was in line with a leaked document that set out a Russian government strategy to rob Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia`s customs union of Ukraine and prevent further association with Euro-Atlantic structures.