The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU was ratified by the Irish Parliament. It was reported by Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on his Twitter account, Joinfo.ua reports.
"There is the fourteenth country of the EU, which ratified our Association Agreement! Thank you, Ireland!" he wrote.
Ukraine and the European Union signed an Association Agreement in 2014. The agreement will come into full effect when it is ratified by all the parties, that is by all 28 EU member states. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Ukrainian Parliament) and the European Parliament ratified the Association Agreement simultaneously September 16, 2014.
It is to be recalled that last month, President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski, signed a law on ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union by Poland in the presence of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw.
Earlier, the Agreement was ratified by Croatia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Previously, experts noted that the Ukrainian economy would need another two decades, in order to become competitive and meet the requirements of the EU. They believe that at the moment Ukraine is not ready to accept the conditions of the Association of the European Union. Ukrainian goods, which have long been produced for export to Russia, will not find their consumers in the West.