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EU Association Agreements with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia: New Instruments of Integration without Membership
EU Association Agreements with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia: New Instruments of Integration without Membership

Author(s): Roman Petrov
Subject(s): International relations/trade, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Právnická fakulta Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci
Keywords: European Neighbourhood Policy; Eastern Partnership; association agreement; EU acquis;

Summary/Abstract: This paper analyses the EU Association Agreements (AAs) with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. It argues that this new legal framework, the objective of which is to establish a unique form of political association and economic integration, is characterised by three specific features: comprehensiveness, complexity and conditionality. After a brief overview of the background of the EU’s relations with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, the following aspects are scrutinised: legal basis and objectives, institutional framework and mechanisms of enhanced conditionality and legislative approximation. Based upon a comparison with other EU external agreements, it is demonstrated that the AAs are innovative legal instruments providing for a new type of integration without membership.

  • Issue Year: 2/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 29-38
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English