On 22 July, the Federal Republic of Germany deposited the instruments of ratification for the EU Association Agreements with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine with the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union.
A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson gave the following statement on 23 July:
The fact that Germany ratified the EU Agreements with its eastern partners so quickly is a sign of our friendship, partnership and solidarity with these countries. Germany has thus completed the national ratification process for these Agreements.
Our aim is to expand our relations in all areas as regards business, culture and policy. These Agreements provide a very good legal basis for doing so.
The EU Association Agreements with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine were signed on 21 March 2014 and 27 June 2014. In addition to reciprocal opening of the markets, each partner country is to adopt EU legal and economic standards, including political reforms on strengthening democracy and the rule of law, tackling corruption and improving the protection of human rights, as well as measures to align standards in trade, customs, taxation, competition law, energy issues, and environmental and climate protection.
The Agreements will enter into force fully as soon as they have been ratified by all EU Member States and the EU. Germany and the EU are providing firm support to the partner countries to help them consistently carry out the reforms needed for implementation of the Agreement.