EU signs association accords with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (centre) poses with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (left) and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy at the EU Council in Brussels, on June 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/)

Brussels (AFP) - The European Union on Friday signed association accords with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova as the three former Soviet republics committed themselves to a future in Europe.

"This is a great day for Europe... the European Union stands by your side today more than ever before," European Council head Herman Van Rompuy said at the ceremony with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and prime ministers Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia and Iurie Leanca of Moldova.