The relations between the European Parliament and the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) are conducted within the framework of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which was signed on 27 June 2014 and which provisionally partially came into force on 1 November 2014. It is foreseen that the DCFTA component will enter into force on 1 January 2016.
This agreement, which replaces the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, is designed to provide a clear framework for the strengthening of the bilateral cooperation between the EU and Ukraine. The Association Agreement provides for inter-parliamentary cooperation through the establishment of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee (PAC).
The PAC exerts parliamentary control over the implementation of the Association Agreement and acts as an open forum for debate to discuss all aspects of relations between the EU and Ukraine and issues of mutual interest.
It has the ambition to provide an important impetus for successful democratic and market reforms in Ukraine and for its closer integration with the EU.
The EU-Ukraine PAC is composed of an equal number of Members of the European Parliament and of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The PAC may make recommendations to the Association Council.