The government of Ukraine works to defend its interest in the world markets, including EU. Volodymyr Groysman, the Prime Minister of Ukraine reported this during his visit to Azovstal one of the biggest iron and steel works in Ukraine.
‘We fight for the whole complex of our competitive production on the EU markets and third world’s markets. You know that we have the full EU Association Agreement ratification. However, it began to work earlier concerning the trade part. We have the trade missions and work with Turkey, Israel, EU and Canada to create Free Trade Areas including the wide spectrum. There are many questions connected with the anti-dumping investigation on various positions and we work only in the interests of Ukraine’, the prime minister claimed.
As known, the EU provides the anti-dumping investigation towards the supply of hot-rolled coil and heavy plate from Ukraine to EU. If EU decides to begin the anti-dumping measures, Ukrainian production will be duty applied and this will make the steelworkers’ production more expensive and non-competitive.
Ukraine also holds the negotiations with Turkey to sign the Free Trade Area Agreement. The point of the abolition of duty on Ukrainian steelworkers’ production is provided within this agreement. The Turkish steelworkers opposed this norm.
According to the prime minister, the enterprises of the ore mining and smelting complex work out 30% GDP in Ukraine.