The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: A New Legal Instrument of Integration Without Membership?

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Petrov, Roman
Van der Loo, Guillaume
Van Elsuwege, Peter
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This article analyses the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (EU-Ukraine AA). It argues that this new legal framework, which has the objective to establish a unique form of political association and economic integration, is characterized by three specific features: comprehensiveness, complexity and conditionality. After a brief background of the EU-Ukraine relations, the following aspects are scrutinized: legal basis and objectives, institutional framework and mechanisms of enhanced conditionality, and legislative approximation. In addition, constitutional challenges for the effective implementation of the EU-Ukraine AA are discussed. Based upon a comparison with other EU external agreements, it is demonstrated that the EU-Ukraine AA is an innovative legal instrument providing for a new type of integration without membership.
integration, Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, European Union, Ukraine, Association Agreement, Угода про асоціацію, Україна, Європейський Союз, інтеграція, Поглиблена зона вільної торгівлі
Petrov R. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement : a New Legal Instrument of Integration Without Membership? / Roman Petrov, Guillaume Van der Loo, Peter Van Elsuwege // Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal. - 2015. - № 1. - P. 1-19.