The Ukrainian delegation is headed by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Dmytro Kuliba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said: The Ukraine-EU Summit has begun. The joint statement has already been agreed and is very strong. The President has made it clear that our path to membership in the European Union will not change. Today will be a good day for Ukraine's integration into Europe. "
This is the first bilateral European Union itself with a partner country, which will take place in Brussels in the traditional "live" format with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The legal basis for relations between Ukraine and the EU is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement of 14 June 1994 (entered into force on 1 March 1998). It emphasizes respect for core common values as a basis for co-operation, responding to the relevant framework for political dialogue, inviting core common objectives based on harmonized economic relations, sustainable development, co-operation in a number of areas and supporting Ukraine's democratic efforts, and establishing a state network to achieve these goals.
The Joint EU Strategy for Ukraine was adopted by the Helsinki European Council in December 1999 as an understanding that there is a need for more links between the EU and Member States and specific partner countries.
The EU and Ukraine have concluded several separate agreements in the fields of trade, science and technology, and nuclear energy.
The European Political Neighborhood (ENP) at the time to share the benefits of the 2004 EU enlargement in the renewed strengthening of stability, security and prosperity.
Ukraine is a participant in the EU's Eastern Partnership initiatives, the founding of which took place on May 7, 2009 in Prague.
On February 21, 2005, the European Union signed an action plan with Ukraine. At the same time, according to the decision of the EU leadership, it is too early to talk about Ukraine's full membership in Europe, to add that Ukraine has a full-fledged democracy that meets European standards and carries out political, economic and social reforms.
EU-Ukraine Action Plan, which covers a key area in which responses to specific actions are taken.
Such areas are:
• political dialogue and reform;
• trade and measures aimed at preparing partners for gradual participation in the EU internal market;
• justice and home affairs;
• energy, transport, information society, environmental protection and research and innovation;
Chronicle of relationships:
• 1991 - EU Declaration on Ukraine
• 1992 - The first Ukraine-EU summit
• 1993 - Agreement signed between the European Communities and Ukraine on trade in textiles, opening of a representative office of the Commission of the European Communities in Ukraine
• 1994 - The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratifies the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Ukraine and the EU
• 1995 - First meeting of the EU-Ukraine Joint Committee, establishment of the Representation of Ukraine to the European Communities
• 1996 - The European Union recognizes Ukraine's status as a country in transition. The EU Council of Ministers has adopted an action plan for Ukraine
• 1997 - The first EU-Ukraine Summit (Kyiv), an agreement is signed between the European Coal Community and the capital and the Government of Ukraine on trade in steel products
• 1998 - entry into force of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, Ukraine officially declared its desire to become an associate member of the EU, adopted a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine № 852 on the introduction of a mechanism for adapting Ukrainian legislation to the EU. Second Ukraine-EU Summit (Vienna)
• 1999 - The third Ukraine-EU-Ukraine (Kyiv), the EU reaffirms its intention to facilitate Ukraine's accession to the WTO, the start of work on the introduction of a free trade area between Ukraine and the EU.
• 2001 - Fourth Ukraine-EU Summit (Yalta)
• 2002 - Fifth Summit of Ukraine - EU (Copenhagen)
• In April 2004, at the EU-Ukraine summit, Ukraine's Euro-expectations were undermined by the failure of the EU Council of Ministers to obtain market economy status. However, this happened before the Orange Revolution.
• 2005 - Council of the European Union grants Ukraine market economy status, regular summit
• 2006 - EU-Ukraine summit, Helsinki
• 2007 - EU-Ukraine Summit, Kyiv
• March 5, 2007 - negotiations on a new enhanced agreement to replace the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement have begun.
• 2008 - Entry into force of visa facilitation and readmission agreements between Ukraine and the EU, EU-Ukraine summit (Evian)
• September 2008 - During the Paris EU-Ukraine Summit, a compromise was reached on the development of a new enhanced agreement as the Association Agreement.
• May 7, 2009 - Ukraine became a participant in the EU's Eastern Partnership initiatives
• June 16, 2009 - during the meeting of the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council politically educated "Agenda of Ukraine-EU Associations"
• February 25, 2010 - The European Parliament adopted a decision on the situation in Ukraine as defined by the law of Ukraine upon accession to the EU. The European Commission also provides a mandate for back work on a "road map" for visa-free travel between Ukraine and EU countries.