Eastern partnership

В рамках "Східного пратнерства" ЄС відкриває Україні доступ до своїх програм



Ukraine is one of the first countries to benefit from the gradual opening of certain EU programmes and agencies to the neighbourhood partners, according to a European Commission press release. A range of EU programmes in areas such as business, energy and communication will now be opening up to Ukraine in the context of the Eastern Partnership, in an initiative set out under a new EU-Ukraine Protocol.
Following the European Parliament’s vote approving the participation of Ukraine in EU programmes on Wednesday, Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle stressed the important potential of this new measure under the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP): Active participation in EU programmes is an important catalyst in supporting the process of social and economic reform in Ukraine, and will promote co-operation and the transfer of best practices. I welcome this important initiative as yet another step in strengthening our ties with Ukraine.”
The EU-Ukraine Protocol outlining the principles and modalities for Ukraine’s involvement was signed in November 2010. It paves the way for closer EU-Ukraine co-operation under a number of specific EU policies and programmes, including Customs 2013, the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) or the Health Programme. Further opportunities for involvement will also be offered in the areas of fight against crime and terrorism, civil protection, as well as in the fields of media, culture and youth exchanges.
The opening-up of Union programmes and agencies to the participation of neighbouring partner countries was proposed by the European Commission in 2006 as a new avenue towards institution-building and administrative reform, and a way to promote convergence of neighbouring partner countries with EU standards.

Practical co-operation agreements are already in place between Ukraine and the European Food Safety Authority, the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction, and the EU’s border security agency FRONTEX. The Commission has also allocated €3.7 million under the Inter-Regional Programme for 2011-13 to facilitate technical cooperation between relevant EU agencies and interested neighbouring partners.




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