The Long and Winding Road to a “Stake in the Internal Market” under the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine – with a Particular Focus on Telecommunication Services

Olga Batura, Olga A. Kretova

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Abstract

The perspective of the granting a full internal market treatment to Ukraine arguably constitutes the core of the comprehensive Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union (EU) and Ukraine signed in June 2014.
With regard to the internal market treatment the Association Agreement contains an element of conditionality: the “carrot” of the stake in the internal market is explicitly linked to “extensive regulatory approximation” by the Ukrainian side.
To date there have been few attempts to investigate the approximation mechanism of the Association Agreement, and all of them are of a general nature.8 The present paper aims to contribute to the yet modest body of research on EU’s Association Agreements by studying and clarifying the scope and mechanisms of regulatory ap- proximation and, ultimately, by assessing the perspectives of progress in this area. By contrast to the existing research, this paper deals with approximation of laws in services sector that often gets a raw deal and is underresearched. Only four serv- ices sectors are concerned by regulatory approximation and, therefore, are eligible to subsequent full integration in the internal market: financial services, telecommu- nications services, postal and courier services and international maritime transport services (Article 1 Annex XVII AA). Due to the limitations of scope and in order to provide for analytical depth, it focuses mainly on the telecommunications sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Cooperation Between the EU and Ukraine : Materials of a Conference in Kiel on 4 July 2014
EditorsAlexander Trunk, Nazar Panych
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherBerliner Wissenschafts-Verlag
Publication dateJan 2016
Pages63 - 77
Chapter4
ISBN (Print)978-3-8305-3597-3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

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Keywords

  • EU, Ukraine, trade in services, telecommunications services, liber- alisation, regulatory approximation

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