15 Jun: EU Statement on the Secretary General’s report on the human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, Ukraine

(Source: EEAS)

1437th meeting of the Committee of Ministers on 15 June 2022

1.    The European Union welcomes the Secretary General’s report on the human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, Ukraine. The EU is convinced of the importance of this issue for the political agenda of the Council of Europe and encourages the Secretary General to continue the submission of such reports. 2.    Regrettably, our discussion today takes place against the backdrop of Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified and illegal war of aggression against Ukraine, which we condemn in the strongest possible terms. We …

09 May: Remarks by President Charles Michel following his meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy via video conference in Odesa, Ukraine

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

Dear President, thank you. It is very important for me to be here today. You mentioned that this is a symbolic day. It is important to show that we are not intimidated by Russia. My presence is a symbol of the EU’s unwavering support for you and for Ukraine.

I want to confirm that we will offer the maximum support to you, to your team, and to all the people in Ukraine. On military equipment, you need it and we will provide as much as we can.  On financial support, a few …

09 May: Europe Day statement by President Charles Michel in Odesa, Ukraine

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

Today Europe Day is celebrated in Brussels, in Strasbourg and across the European Union. It marks the anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration, in 1950, that set out a vision for a new cooperation in Europe. And today I came to celebrate Europe Day in a melting pot of European culture and history: Odesa, the city where Pushkin said that “you can feel Europe”. Right here, where the people of Odesa shield their monuments from the bullets and rockets, just like Ukrainians are shielding their freedom from the Russian aggression.

On May …

04 Apr: Ukraine, climate change, and security: EU/ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly concludes

(Source: European Parliament)

MEPs and African, Caribbean and Pacific region parliamentarians discussed the impact of war in Ukraine, food security, pandemic and climate change.

The 41st session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) took place from 1-3 April in Strasbourg, attended by MEPs and their counterparts from 78 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

Among the issues discussed during the JPA, parliamentarians debated the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its global impact. They underlined the many consequences of the invasion beyond Ukraine, including rising food prices that pose a serious threat to food security.


With regard to the new …

06 Oct: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine

(Source: Council of the EU and European Council)

On 10 September 2021, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2021/1470[1] amending Decision 2014/145/CFSP.

The Council Decision renewed the existing restrictive measures for a further 6 months, until 15 March 2022.

The Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania[2], and the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine align themselves with this Council Decision.

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision.

The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it.

[1] Published on 13.09.2021 in the Official Journal of the European Union no. L …

10 Sep: Ukraine: EU sanctions over territorial integrity prolonged for a further six months

(Source: Council of the EU)

The Council today decided to prolong the sanctions targeting those responsible for undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine for a further six months until 15 March 2022.

The existing restrictive measures provide for travel restrictions, the freezing of assets, and a ban on making funds or other economic resources available to the listed persons and entities. Sanctions will continue to apply to 177 individuals and 48 entities.

The legal acts were adopted by the Council by written procedure.

Background and next steps

Restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine …

15 Jul: Ukraine: Statement by the Spokesperson on the adoption of judiciary-related legislation

(Source: EEAS)

The European Union welcomes that Ukraine took a decisive step this week towards comprehensive reform of the judiciary aiming at restoring the public and investors’ trust in the justice system.

In the last few days, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted two crucial pieces of legislation that foresee a transparent re-establishment of the High Qualification Commission of Judges and an integrity assessment of the current and future members of the High Council of Justice – two key judicial governance bodies in Ukraine. In both of these reforms, international experts will have a temporary but decisive role in line with the …

14 Jul: Fragility and tensions in EU’s Eastern Partnership

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

As part of the European Union’s Global Strategy and European Neighbourhood Policy, the EU has a special relationship with its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova  and Ukraine. This relationship is known as the Eastern Partnership (EaP). The objective of the initiative is to deliver tangible results for citizens across the region. However, since its launch in 2009, the actual impact of the Eastern Partnership has been constantly questioned. 

In a move which highlights the fragility and tensions of the relationships, Belarus has recently suspended its participation in the …

04 Jun: Cyberspace: EU and Ukraine launch dialogue on cyber security

(Source: EEAS)

On 3 June 2021, the European Union and Ukraine held their first cyber dialogue. The EU and Ukraine reaffirmed their commitment to a global, open, stable and secure cyberspace, where the rule of law is fully respected, where the same rights that individuals have offline are also protected online, and where the security, economic growth, prosperity, and integrity of free and democratic societies is promoted and preserved. The EU expressed its solidarity with and support to Ukraine, which is facing cyber-attacks that seek to undermine its key infrastructure.

The EU and Ukraine provided updates on their respective cyber-related institutional settings, responsibilities …

27 May: Joint statement by President von der Leyen and President Zelenskyy following their phone call

(Source: European Commission)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke over the phone on Thursday.

They discussed Ukraine’s and EU’s efforts in fighting the coronavirus and its social and economic consequences, ongoing reform efforts in Ukraine and joint work to tackle the continued destabilising actions by Russia. Strong EU support for Ukraine continues in all these areas.

Both Presidents agreed on the need to step up efforts to provide the necessary vaccines to Ukraine, discussed the prospects of establishing the EU vaccine sharing mechanism and appreciated the role of COVAX, to …