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You're reading: Between Brussels and Vilnius: will Ukraine manage to seize the moment?

 The
AA was finally initialed in mid-2012, although many in the EU were
against this mostly formal step given the undemocratic trends
underway in Ukraine ever since Viktor Yanukovych ascended the
presidency in 2010.

In
December 2012 the European Council made it clear that Ukraine has a
chance to have the AA signed during the Eastern Partnership Summit in
Vilnius in autumn this year. It also formalized the conditions
Ukraine needs to fulfill to sign the AA:  end selective justice
and implement decisions of the European Court of Human Rights,
organize a new and fair vote in five contested parliamentary
districts and adopt an electoral code, and undertake a number of
steps to enhance the rule of law, fight corruption and improve the
business climate.

In
a nutshell, Ukraine must deliver by May in order for the AA to be
signed in November at the Eastern Partnership Summit.

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