Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Internal EU politics Ukraine, Russia & CIS

In brief: Ukraine Association Agreement now on track for ratification

A bill submitted to the Dutch Parliament by Mark Rutte greenlighting the Dutch government’s ratification of the EU Ukraine Association Agreement is likely to pass the final hurdle in the upper house, sources say.   The deal faced uncertainty after a compromise declaration adopted by EU member state in 15 December. The Christian Democratic …

EU Ukraine association deal declaration faces potential rough ride in Dutch upper house
Internal EU politics Ukraine, Russia & CIS

EU Ukraine association deal declaration faces potential rough ride in Dutch upper house

EU leaders managed to find wording acceptable to all 28 EU member states on the declaration requested by the Netherlands during a Council meeting today. A major hurdle to the final adoption of the Association Agreement and its in-built deep and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU’s eastern neighbour has …

Internal EU politics Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Council legal service adamant Ukraine association agreement declaration does not contradict substance of deal

Today, EU member states are expected to adopt a Dutch-sponsored declaration on the EU Ukraine Association agreement. The Netherlands insisted on such a declaration as a means to respond to a referendum in April 2016 in which voters rejected the agreement that all other member states and the EU institutions …

Ukraine, Russia & CIS

Human Rights Watch urges European Parliament to reject Uzbekistan textiles protocol

The European Union’s plans to relax its restrictions on imports of textiles from the Central Asian country Uzbekistan are under criticism by major human rights organisations.   In 2011, the European Parliament refused to endorse a textiles protocol attached to a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with the autocratic and very closed former Soviet …