During the EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels, the sides brought up many issues, including the renewal of the Association Agreement, deepening of Ukraine's integration into various sectors of the European economy - namely, the industrial visa-free regime. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said so during his press conference after the summit, as quoted by the press office.
"We paid considerable attention to the implementation of the Association Agreement. We have agreed to make the most of its mechanisms in order to further develop our trade relations and deepen economic integration between Ukraine and the European Union. At the same time, our delegation presented its vision for the renewal of the Association Agreement in the field of trade and sectoral cooperation. The free trade area must correspond to the realities of today - both the Ukrainian economy and the economy and the legislative field of the European Union", the Ukrainian president said.
The sides agreed to jointly assess the accomplishment of goals of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which is supposed to become a guiding force to refresh the document.
We have discussed the deepening of sectoral integration. Our discussions focused on the integration into the EU Digital Single Market, integration of energy markets of Ukraine and the European Union, cooperation in the implementation of the European green course", Zelensky said.
According to the President, the EU expert commission is to assess Ukraine's readiness to making a deal on the evaluation and acceptability of industrial products; this is the path that Kyiv intends to take so as to make the deal on the industrial visa-free regime with the EU.
President of the European Council Charles Michel noted that the Association Agreement aimed to create conditions for Ukraine to gradually integrate into the European internal market.
"This is the most ambitious agreement that the European Union has with any country," he said, stressing that the EU intends to deepen cooperation with Ukraine in the field of IT and "green" energy.