How to Ensure the Proper European Integration Expertise in the Domestic Legislative Process (Policy Paper)

The signing in 2014 of the political, and later – economic parts of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union was an expression of the will of thousands of Ukrainians, and fulfillment of one of the key requirements of the Maidan.

One of the important components of the Agreement is harmonization with the EU laws, which includes complex processes of approximation of Ukrainian laws and other regulations to acquis communautaire.

Unfortunately, our detailed analysis shows that the Action Plan is not being implemented precisely in terms of drafting and adopting relevant draft laws. Delay in the process of adaptation of national legislation may result not only in the loss of political dividends, possible growth of dissatisfaction with “slow” officials, but also in very real and predictable legal consequences. International judicial practice shows that EU partner states once signing the relevant agreements and committing themselves to certain obligations can’t refer to the norms of national legislation for not fulfilling these obligations.

Obviously, it should be noted that the approximation of Ukrainian laws to EU laws is not a goal in itself. This is a process that, in fact, defines the priorities and competence of the government and executive bodies to create prerequisites for the full membership of Ukraine in the EU and to ensure an internal integration process.

Read How to Ensure the Proper European Integration Expertise in the Domestic Legislative Process (Policy Paper) (version, in Ukrainian)

Preparation of the analytical materials is a part of a project implemented by the NGO Agency of Legislative Initiatives with the support of USAID RADA Program: Responsible Accountable Democratic Assembly, implemented by East Europe Foundation.