EEAS publishes annual Association Implementation Report on Ukraine
The European External Action Service has published a Joint Staff Working Document on the Association Implementation Report on Ukraine, outlining the state of play of the country’s implementations under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
The report notes that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, several positive developments have taken place in the areas of banking, land reform, the digital sector, justice, the rule of law and the fight against corruption, although further efforts are needed, particularly with regard to the rule of law according to High Representative of EU Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.
Specifically, some positive developments include the reassessment of a new law on the judiciary following the negative opinion of the Venice Convention as well as a law establishing control and oversight over intelligence and security agencies. In the area of public administration, however, the report notes that the merit-based recruitment system has been put on hold for the duration of the pandemic, which has already led to the appointment of over 60 high level civil servant posts without competition.
In a joint statement following the last EU-Ukraine Summit, EU and Ukranian leaders signalled that Ukraine’s EU future must come after another period where the Association Agreement’s potential is fully exploited, as well as Ukraine successfully implementing reforms in the area of rule of law, the fight against corruption and structural economic policies, including an independent central bank, as reported here by EU Law Live.
Read the Association Implementation Report here.