High-level political meetings – Ukraine - EU Summits – are held once a year in turn in Ukraine and in the EU (Kyiv and Brussels) in accordance with Article 460 of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union and its Member-States.
According to the Association Agreement, the Summit shall provide overall supervision for the Agreement implementation as well as an opportunity to discuss wide range of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.
The President of Ukraine at such a meeting chairs the delegation of Ukraine and the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission chair the EU delegation.
Usually, the leaders of Ukraine and the EU approve the joint final document following the Summit – statement or press-release – to fix the agreements, achieved at the meeting.
In total 22nd Summits have been held since 1997. The latest 22nd Ukraine – EU Summit took place on October 6, 2020 in Brussels with participation of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, President of the European Council Charles Michel and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. The next 23 Ukraine-EU Summit will take place in Kyiv in 2021.
Political dialogue on top level between Ukraine and the EU are taking place as well within the international forums and during regular telephone conversations and videoconferences, aimed at coordinating actions in the light of countering Russian aggression against Ukraine.
The regular and intensive bilateral political dialogue between Ukraine and the EU has been established since December 2019 when the new EU leadership assumed office. This positive trend continues despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joint statement following the 22nd Ukraine-EU summit, 6 Octobre 2020: