The Verkhovna Rada Committee on European Integration published the working translation of the text of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on the web site of the Ukrainian Parliament on Thursday.

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement was initiated by the parties in 2012. The technical verification of the draft agreement has already been completed, and in accordance with practice, the sides make an official translation of the document into Ukrainian and all languages of the EU member states, and after that the document is signed and ratified, Interfax informed.

The committee said that "the process of the final inter-agency coordination of the draft EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is currently continuing."

The published text contains over 200 pages, most of which are sections devoted to economic cooperation. In general, the draft agreement consists of seven sections and 486 articles.
It is envisaged that the sides ratify or approve this agreement in accordance with their internal procedures.

Title "Political Dialog and Reform, Political Association, Cooperation and Convergence in the Field of Foreign and Security Policy" notes that the sides agree to develop and strengthen the political dialog. The aims of this dialog are to deepen political association, promote international stability and security, strengthen cooperation and dialog on international security and crisis management, foster result-oriented and practical cooperation for achieving peace, security and stability on the European continent, strengthen respect for democratic principles, the rule of law and good governance, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and develop dialog and deepen cooperation in the field of security and defence.

According to the draft agreement, Ukraine, the EU and member states reaffirm their commitment to promote the principles of independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and the inviolability of borders.

The parties also agree to promptly and consistently respond to attempts to harm these principles at all possible levels of political dialog, in particular, at the ministerial level.

In addition, the sides agree to establish close contacts (between Ukraine and the European Defense Agency) to discuss military capability improvement, including technological issues.

It is envisaged that the sides are to agree to work together in order to prevent and combat money laundering and terrorism financing.

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement could be signed at the Eastern Partnership summit in November 2013 in Vilnius if Kyiv fulfills a number of requirements, in particular, reform the law enforcement system, improve electoral legislation, eliminate selective justice, and resolve the problem of Ukraine’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

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