European integration is a key and unchanging foreign policy priority of Ukraine and further development and strengthening of relations between Ukraine and EU is based on the principles of political association and economic integration.
The main strategic document for achieving these goals is the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on one party, and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community and their state-members on the other party, and the agenda of EU - Ukraine Association.
The Association Agreement defines a new format of relations between Ukraine and the EU and serves as a strategic guideline for systematic socio-economic reforms in Ukraine, and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between Ukraine and the EU, which is part of the Agreement and defines the legal framework for the free movement of goods, services, capital and regulatory convergence aimed at the gradual integration of Ukraine into the EU common market.
An effective platform for cooperation at the regional level was established within the Transport Panel of the Eastern Partnership, which aims to facilitate the improvement of transport links between the EU and its immediate neighbours.
Transport networks and services play a key role in improving the quality of life of citizens and building capacities of industrial development. Therefore, transport is one of the key areas of cooperation between the EU and Ukraine, and in accordance with Article 368 of the Association Agreement primary purpose of this cooperation is to facilitate the restructure and renewal of the transport sector of Ukraine and the gradual harmonization of existing standards and policies with those in the EU.