EU urges Ukraine to lift moratorium on round tree exports

The Europeans remind that the lifting of the ban is an obligatory condition for the macro-financial aid in the amount of one billion Euros
11:33, 18 December 2018

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The European Union urged Ukraine to lift the moratorium on the export of round logs, or roundwood. Interfax reported that, citing the results of the fifth session of the Ukraine-EU Association Council.

“The EU urged Ukraine to continue the fight against the concealed interests for the improvement of the business and investment climate, to urgently eliminate the trade irritants, including the moratorium for the export of the round logs,” the message said.

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The sides urge to pay special attention to the efficient and timely implementation of the points of the free trade zone, further promotion of the trade and elimination of the technical trade barriers, including the spheres of the customs procedures, technical regulations, sanitary and phyto-sanitary requirements and the reforms of the food products safety system, system of the state procurement and protection of intellectual property rights.

“The Ukrainian side confirmed its commitments regarding the reform of the technical regulation system, particularly, the necessity to accelerate the adoption of the sectoral legislation, including in the market supervision sphere,” the message said.

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The EU reminded that Ukraine has to fulfill the commitments provided in the Association Agreement and the Free Trade Zone, including the implementation of the proper EU legislation into the national legislation, implementation of the administrative and institutional reforms and provision of the functioning of the effective and transparent administrative system, necessary for the beginning of the negotiations on the Agreement on mutual recognition of the conformity assessment and admissibility of the industry products.

Earlier the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s legislative body, has restricted domestic consumption of raw timber to the level of 25 million m3 annually for the term of the ban on exports outside of the customs area of Ukraine (exports) of unprocessed timber.

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Particularly, the Code on Administrative Offenses suggests a provision that provides for unlawful cutting, transportation and storage of illegally cut trees is made punishable with a fine amounting to 15-30 non-taxable minimum citizens’ income, and to 75-150 non-taxable officials’ incomes. Currently, the liability is specified as five to ten minimum incomes and seven to twelve minimum incomes, respectively.

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