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Ukraine to be able to discuss renewal of EU Association Agreement thrice in 2019

Ukraine’s Trade Representative reported that the talks will possibly take place in November and December 2019
15:12, 9 October 2019

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Ukraine will have three opportunities to discuss the renewal of the Association Agreement with the EU until the end of 2019. Moreover, it will have the opportunity to form the agenda of the bilateral relations for the next few years as Ukrinform reported citing Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture, Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka.

Kachka noted that Ukraine will get the first opportunity for the negotiations at the beginning of November within the Association Committee, the second one during the session of the Association Committee in the commerce chamber in the mid of November and the third one at the Council of the Association Ukraine-EU in December 2019.

“The main issues raised during the talks is how to come to the renewal of the Association Agreement as this document provides the periodic reconsideration. We are really interested in the understanding of the EU position; whether they are attuned to this work and whether they are ready to accelerate it. The things we see today are a very constructive attitude. We will talk about modality, terms, calendar of such work this autumn,” Kachka said.

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He noted that both sides are interested in the increase of the volumes of trade and it depends on the integration of Ukrainian customs service, lifting of restrictions for the cars and conclusion of the agreements on the recognition of the equivalency of the technical regulation.

Kachka said that Ukraine is ready to come to the new level and quality and relations with the EU. He also added that the sides are ready for the talk on the acceleration of work on the renewal of the Agreement.

On Friday, September 1, 2017, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement entered into full force and effect, as foreseen by the respective statement earlier released by the EU. 

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The work on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreeement took ten years. The very document was initialed in Brussels in 2012; the agreement’s text was complete in 2013. In March 2014, the parties signed the deal. Then it took another three years to complete the ratification process; the document was considered and finally approved by the Ukrainian Parliament, parliaments of EU member countries and the European Parliament.  

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