Mission of Ukraine to the European Union

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Cooperation in 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. In 2011 the EUBAM mandate was extended for another 48 month until 1 December 2015.

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.          The process of concluding the relevant agreement on cooperation with Eurojust is at the final stage.

The first meeting of the Subcommittee "Justice, Freedom and Security" of the EU-Ukraine Association Committee was held on 23-24 July 2015 in Kyiv. The state of implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan, prevention and fighting against corruption, reform of judiciary, prosecution and law enforcement agencies, legal cooperation, data protection were analyzed during the meeting.