Skip to comments.EU-Ukraine Association Agreement – the complete texts [FYI]
Posted on 04/21/2014 8:10:16 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen
ASSOCIATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE EUROPEAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMUNITY AND THEIR MEMBER STATES, OF THE ONE PART, AND UKRAINE, OF THE OTHER PART EU/UA/en 1 PREAMBLE ...
EU/UA/en 3 Contracting Parties to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, hereinafter referred to as the 'Member States', THE EUROPEAN UNION, hereinafter referred to as 'the Union' or 'the EU' and THE EUROPEAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMUNITY, hereinafter referred to as 'the EURATOM' on the one part, and UKRAINE on the other part, Hereafter jointly referred to as 'the Parties', EU/UA/en 4 TAKING ACCOUNT of the close historical relationship and progressively closer links between the Parties as well as their desire to strengthen and widen relations in an ambitious and innovative way; COMMITTED to a close and lasting relationship that is based on common values, namely respect for democratic principles, the rule of law, good governance, human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, non-discrimination of persons belonging to minorities and respect for diversity, human dignity and commitment to the principles of a free market economy, which would facilitate the participation of Ukraine in European policies;
ACKNOWLEDGING that the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union will depend on progress in the implementation of this Agreement as well as Ukraine's track record in ensuring respect for common values, and progress in achieving convergence with the EU in political, economic and legal areas;
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Long complex agreement. But if the EU actually cared about Ukrainians, all the EU needed to do was simply unilaterally suspend all tariffs, and immigration rules for Ukraine. Then they could sit back and the free market do its magic.
They owed Ukraine this reparation after the Euro depredations of WWII to a nation already raped by the USSR.
The Russians would have been compelled to offer competing generous terms. Ukraine could have prospered as a free trade middleman.
But this never really was about what would be good for Ukraine. It was about punishing Putin for Syria, for the homo policies, and for kicking out our NGOs. About the EU gaining a gas advantage over their Russian suppliers, and of course, about moving NATO deeper east to menace Russia.
Ukraine was screwed.
Ukraine has been trading with the US and Europe in increasing amounts every year since it’s independence.
I’ve posted factual evidence of that here ad nauseum.
But still many people refuse to let it stop them from posting about how all of a sudden, like magic, Russia is annexing Ukraine - and that poor Ukraine needs to join the EU for some kind of “support”.
When all along Ukrainian international trade has been increasing dramatically, as has foreign direct investment.
The US-Ukrainian Business Council - right at the top of it’s website home page, glories in the fact that it’s been operating in Ukraine since 1995.
That’s almost 20 years.
So there is no need to join the EU in order for Ukraine to trade with the West.
All that’s happened is during those two decades, the West’s private sector, working cooperatively with Western goverments (you’ll note the USUBC executives were working for the US State Department’s USAID 30 years ago), has moved into Ukraine’s economy and politics bigtime, using the corruptocracy that was in place to lock in their own presence in ownership and market share.
Of course, having Ukraine join the EU places their government - and the legislation it enacts - under control of the EU.
Just look at the “austerity” the EU forced on Greece. It never could have done this so efficiently and effectively if Greece was not an EU member, but just a trading partner.
It’s as plain as the nose on a face, the EU is slowly assimilating countries to the east.