Ukraine is not interested in creating the customs union with the EU. Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister for European integration Dmytro Kuleba said this during the panel discussion about Ukraine's European integration agenda in 2020. Ukrainska Pravda outlet wrote that on January 21.
Instead, Kyiv hopes for the simplification of customs procedures. That is among the priorities that Ukraine is to stand for during the Council of Association session in Brussels on January 28.
According to Kuleba, the other priorities are integration in the energy and digital markets of the EU, the achievement of "industrial visa-free regime", and the creation of "new agenda in justice and freedom". The latter, he said, is an "overripe issue."
Joining the European Green Deal is on the agenda, too, said the official. "That will cover all the sectors and lead to activation of trade conditions," the Vice Prime Minister reported.
"In 2019, we enjoyed 32 commodity items where the European quotas were fully or almost fully emptied. The same thing was observed in 2018. A year before that, there were 26 items. It means it's becoming too tight for us in there," he said.