On 12 June 2013 the President of Ukraine signed a decree “On Annual National Programmes of Ukraine-NATO cooperation”, which replaced the decree “On the Annual National Programme of Ukraine’s preparation for NATO membership” of 12 May 2009.
The new Decree introduces regulatory changes in the area of practical cooperation with NATO under the modern format of Ukraine's relations with the Alliance. This format has been defined by the Law of Ukraine "On the Principles of Domestic and Foreign policy" of 2010 and foresees further development of constructive partnership between Ukraine, as a European non-block state, with NATO.
Constructive partnership with NATO on the basis of neutrality has allowed us to focus on achieving concrete practical results in our relations. Successful implementation of previous ANPs and positive evaluation of their fulfilment by the Alliance is a vivid indication of this.
Since first being introduced in 2009 (according to the decision of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Foreign Ministers in December 2008), Annual National Programmes of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO (ANP) continue to be one of the key practical tools of carrying out internal reforms in the security, defence, economic, legal and other fields with expert and financial support of the Alliance.
Decree of the President of Ukraine of June, 12 established a new structure of an Annual National Programme and the procedure of its approval. An important element of a pragmatic approach to the ANP was the inclusion in the text of the document of medium-term goals, priorities and key activities of cooperation on matters of mutual interest between Ukraine and NATO, as well as a list of responsible authorities.
The new compact structure of the ANP will be more complete and detailed picture of the specific steps and priorities of our cooperation with the Alliance and will simplify their implementation. Therefore no separate Action Plan is to be issued to implement the ANP.