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 ratified simultaneously by the European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada on 16 October 2014. Some of its chapters came into force provisionally on 1 November 2014, its trade component (Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area - DCFTA) on 1 January 2016.
This agreement, which replaces the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, is designed to provide a clear framework for strengthening bilateral cooperation between the EU and Ukraine at both the political and the economic level. The Association Agreement provides for interparliamentary 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 debating all aspects of relations between the EU and Ukraine and issues of mutual interest. Its aim is to provide the impetus needed for successful democratic and market reforms in Ukraine and for its closer integration with the EU. It may adopt recommendations to the EU-Ukraine Association Council.
The EU-Ukraine PAC is composed of an equal number of Members of the European Parliament and of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.