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Economy & Jobs 15-12-2017

Mercosur free trade deal could fail yet again

The risk that the EU-Mercosur trade talks get derailed yet again is high, writes Iana Dreyer, spelling out the warning signs.

Europe's East 23-11-2017

Moldovan PM: The time of frozen conflicts has passed

The Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview that there are good prospects for finding a solution to the Transnistria conflict, one of the post-Soviet frozen conflicts which have caused enormous harm to the region's populations.

Global Europe 23-11-2017

Chizhov: Syria is almost settled, time for EU to step in

In a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday (22 November), Russia’s ambassador to the EU discussed Syria and other conflicts, the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, his country's relations with Turkey and Bulgaria's Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Europe's East 10-11-2017

Ukraine ambassador: Hybrid war is not only in Ukraine, it’s across Europe

In a wide-ranging interview, Ukraine's Ambassador to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi, discussed his country’s EU agenda, the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit, the sensitive relations with Russia and the new language law which has antagonised Hungary.

Europe's East 29-03-2017

Moldovan PM and President clash over Eurasian Union rapprochement

The Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip has sent an angry letter to the country’s pro-Russian President Igor Dodon, qualifying as “reckless” his request for observer status to the Moscow-led Eurasian Union and for the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with this organisation.

Global Europe 22-11-2016

Trump’s Russia policy looms large over EU-Ukraine summit

The EU-Ukraine 18th summit to be held on Thursday (24 November) is expected to discuss the consequences of an expected distancing of Washington from Kyiv, and the need for Brussels to do more in assisting the pro-Western government of President Petro Poroshenko.

Elections 19-10-2016

Ukrainian First Deputy PM: The Dutch cannot block the whole EU

The Netherlands cannot block the European Union over the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.

Europe's East 01-09-2016

Auditors expose failures in EU assistance to Moldova

The European Court of Auditors published a very critical assessment  today (1 September) of the way the Commission spends EU money in Moldova, a country associated with the EU and with an ambition to join the Union in the longer term.

Agrifood 14-06-2016

Ukrainian diplomat: EU Association Agreement ‘major opportunity’ for agri-trade

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is a “challenge” for Kyiv but also a “great opportunity” for the longer-term competitiveness of the agriculture sector, a Ukrainian diplomat told EURACTIV.com.

Europe's East 17-12-2015

Ukraine ‘ready to pay the price’ for trade pact with EU

Ukraine is "ready to pay the price" for a trade deal with the European Union, President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday (16 December), after Moscow moved to restrict its own trade ties with Kyiv over the accord that is due to take effect on 1 January.

Economy & Jobs 02-12-2015

Russia likely to curb Ukraine imports over EU pact

Russia is likely to penalise Ukrainian imports from January after EU-brokered talks failed to find a compromise yesterday (1 December), exactly a month before the launch of an EU-Ukraine free trade pact that Russia opposes.

Med & South 18-11-2015

EU urgently needs new neighbourhood policies

There will never be a common foreign and security policy worthy of the name unless the EU manages to redefine its neighbourhood policies, writes Michael Leigh.

Europe's East 09-11-2015

Ukraine climbs world business rankings ahead of EU trade zone

Ukraine's business climate is improving rapidly, and will continue to do so as the country strengthens ties with the West and attracts more foreign investment, writes Yuliia Kovaliv. 

Agrifood 18-09-2015

EU expands Tunisian olive oil imports ahead of trade talks

With its announcement on Thursday (17 September) that it is expanding its import quota of olive oil from Tunisia, the European Union signaled it is preparing for fresh trade talks with the North African country. Borderlex reports.

Europe's East 27-08-2015

Juncker encourages Poroshenko to continue reforms

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed strong support for his guest, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who arrived in Brussels on Thursday (27 August), encouraging him to continue reforms and fully implement the Minsk agreement.

Armenia 21-05-2015

Ukraine wants roadmap to EU accession at Riga summit

Ukraine's foreign minister said his country wants assurances at a summit with the European Union this week that it is a suitable candidate for EU membership, and that its citizens will gain visa-free travel to the bloc next year.

Economy & Jobs 07-05-2015

EBS: Ukrainian ex-premier, EU say no more trade delays

The EU said on Thursday it would not bow to Russian demands to further delay the planned January 2016 implementation of a free trade deal with Ukraine, which is bitterly opposed by Moscow.

Armenia 05-05-2015

EU to postpone Ukraine free trade pact to 2016

The European Union will begin implementing the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with Ukraine in 2016, despite Russian pressure for another delay, according to a draft statement prepared for a summit with six of the bloc's eastern neighbours this month in Riga.

Europe's East 28-04-2015

EU-Ukraine summit clouded by worsening violence

Top European Union officials met the Ukrainian leadership on Monday for talks on deepening trade links and efforts to bring peace to Ukraine, but worsening violence in the separatist-minded east clouded the summit.

Economy & Jobs 15-04-2015

EU pushing Ukraine towards trilateral free trade, with Russia

Fearing that Russia could retaliate against Ukraine following the entry into force of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) later this year, the European Commission is now pushing Ukraine to agree to a trilateral trade format, including Russia.

Europe's East 25-03-2015

Lifting the visa barrier for Georgians should be the EU response to Russia’s bullying tactics

A first and immediate step to respond to Russia’s objective to annex the territory of the former Soviet Union is visa liberalisation, writes David Bakradze.

Energy 17-12-2014

MEP vote for EU accord with Georgia will unleash mutual benefits

The benefits for Georgia of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement are beyond doubt. But the Union has also a lot to gain from this step, writes Tamar Beruchashvili.

Socialist Party election poster depicts activists meeting with Putin. It reads “Together with Russia” [Reuters]
Elections 01-12-2014

Difficult coalition talks expected after Moldova election

Moldova's three main pro-Europe parties appeared on course to be able to form a new coalition government, with most of the vote from an election yesterday (30 November) counted, despite the pro-Moscow Socialist Party taking first place, analysts said today.

Europe's East 05-11-2014

Georgian PM sacks pro-Western defence minister

Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili fired his defence minister yesterday (4 November) hours after he criticised the arrests of several officials in his ministry as politically-motivated and aimed at those who favour better relations with the West.