The Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia) and the Eastern European countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, but without Russia, which insists on the creation of four COMMON EU-Russia areas) fall under the EPI. Seven Mediterranean countries have established a « Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement » (EMAA) with the EU, while Palestine has an interim EMAA agreement.  Syria signed an EMAA in 2008, but the signing was postponed sine die. Negotiations for a framework agreement with the remaining Libyan state have been suspended. The Republic of Moldova and Ukraine of the Eastern Partnership have entered into association agreements. Armenia concluded A.A. negotiations in 2013, but decided not to sign the agreement, while Azerbaijan was negotiating an AA. The first states to sign such an agreement were Greece (1961)  and Turkey (1963).  On the proposal of the EU and on the agreement of its Ukrainian counterparts, the agreement received its final and official title of « association agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, on the one hand, and Ukraine on the other ». 7.
In many cases, the Association Agreement replaces a cooperation agreement and thus strengthens relations between partners. A European Union Association Agreement (A.A.) is a treaty between the European Union (EU), its member states and a non-EU country, which establishes a framework for cooperation between them. Among the areas that often fall under these agreements is the development of political, commercial, social, cultural and security relations. The legal basis for the conclusion of association agreements is provided by Article 217 of the Treaty ON THE EUROPEAN Union (Article 310 and 238 TEC). The environmental effects for countries exporting agricultural products from wetlands or other environmental regions, for example Brazil, have been increasingly documented by environmental groups that oppose EU trade agreements.  In addition, other industries with significant environmental impacts, such as mining, are developing in areas with low regulatory burdens, such as South America and Asia. Inter-professional organisations have argued that increasing economic performance in these sectors will only strengthen standards in participating countries and that EU trade agreements should go hand in hand with efforts to harmonize environmental legislation.  In particular, the preamble, Title I , » General Principles, Title II, « Political Dialogue and Reform, Political Association, Cooperation and Convergence on Foreign and Security Policy » and Title VII « Institutional, General and Definitive Provisions » of the Agreement.
PROTOCOLE III – on a framework agreement between the European Union and Ukraine establishing the general principles of Ukraine`s participation in trade union programmes In March 2007, negotiations for a new expanded agreement, which would replace the previous PARTNERSHIP and cooperation agreement between the EU and Ukraine under the EU-Ukraine action plan. At the EU-Ukraine summit in Paris in September 2008, the parties agreed that the new expanded agreement would be known as the Association Agreement. The Association Agreement, in its scope and thematic coverage, is the largest international legal document in Ukraine`s history and the largest international agreement ever reached with a third country by the European Union. Trade agreements between the EU and other countries or free trade zones have different implications for national economies. The agricultural industry is most affected when regional farms face competition from large producers who have access to markets in the event of lower tariffs. In major agreements such as the AA with Mercosur, European countries are significantly opposed to cheaper imports of meat and other products.  However, for the automotive and export manufacturing industries, which generally include larger global groups, increases in