The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will enter into full force on 1 September 2017, after a long period of ratification. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Determination is a virtue. Today, despite all the challenges, we have succeeded. With the entry into force of the Association Agreement with Ukraine, the European Union is keeping its promise to our Ukrainian friends. I thank all those who made this possible: those who stood in Maidan Square and those who work hard to reform the country for the better. It is a day of celebration for our European continent. Titles III, V, VI and VII, as well as their annexes and protocols, have been applied on an interim basis since 1 November 2014, Title IV from 1 January 2016, as long as these provisions relate to the Union`s competences. These provisions came into force formally on 1 September 2017, following the ratification of the agreement by all signatories.  The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union is an association agreement between the European Union (EU), Euratom, Ukraine and the 28 MEMBER states of the UNION (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. Ukraine will also ensure that its relevant national authorities participate fully in European and international standards, legal metrology and compliance measurement and assessment organisations, including accreditation, in accordance with its area of activity and membership status.  While the signing of a comprehensive and comprehensive free trade agreement between Ukraine and the EU began in 1999, formal negotiations between the Ukrainian government and the EU Trade Commissioner did not begin until 18 February 2008.  In May 2011, three issues remain unresolved in the free trade agreement: Ukrainian grain export quotas, access to the EU services market and geographical names of Ukrainian raw materials.