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Cooperation on justice, liberty and security
30 October 2020 17:26

Cooperation on justice, liberty and security

The cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in the area of justice, liberty and security is regulated by Ukraine-EU Action Plan on justice, liberty and security adopted at the Ukraine-EU Cooperation Council (18 June 2007, Luxembourg), and by Scoreboard of its implementation approved at the meeting of  Subcommittee n.6 „Justice, Liberty and Security" of the Cooperation Committee Ukraine-EU (10 April 2008, Kyiv).

On 18 June 2007 Ukraine and the EU signed the Agreement on the facilitation of the issuance of visas and the Agreement on the readmission of persons. The Agreement amending the Visa Facilitation Agreement was signed on 23 July 2012 and entered into force on 1 July 2013.

On 29 October 2008 the visa liberalization dialogue between Ukraine and the EU was officially launched. At Ukraine-EU Summit on 22 November 2010 in Brussels Ukraine was presented a Visa Liberalization Action Plan for short term travels of the citizens of Ukraine to the EU.

To build up cooperation in the border management field, on 11 June 2007 the Working Agreements between the Administration of the State Border Service of Ukraine and EU FRONTEX agency were signed.

There is a good existing cooperation with EUBAM Mission on border assistance to Ukraine and Moldova.

Practical cooperation between the EUROPOL and the Ministry for Interior of Ukraine is ongoing, as well as between EU Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Ministry for Health of Ukraine.

On 16 December 2016 Agreement on Operational and Strategic Cooperation between Ukraine and EUROPOL was signed.

Agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) was signed on 26th of June 2016.

On 19 October 2016 The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) have signed an Administrative Cooperation Arrangement (ACA) to step up efforts to counter fraud against the European Union's financial interests. The ACA is based on, and implements, the comprehensive anti-fraud provisions in the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

On 17 May 2017 during official ceremony in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the presence of the President of Ukraine President of the European Parliament and Representative of the Maltese Presidency in the Council of the EU signed a legislative decision on visa liberalization for Ukraine, which was officially published on 22 May 2017.

The visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU came into force on June 11, 2017.

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