Ukraine, EU agree to accelerate work on signing of industrial visa-free regime

Source : 112 Ukraine

The talks have slowed down due to the Covid-19 pandemic
21:23, 14 May 2020

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba agreed with EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi to accelerate joint work over the conclusion of the agreement on ‘industrial visa-free regime’ between Ukraine and the EU as the Foreign Ministry reported.

“The parties agreed to accelerate joint work on the preparation for the conclusion of the ‘industrial visa-free regime’ between Ukraine and the EU (Agreement on the estimation of the conformity and acceptability of the industrial products) as the talks have slowed down due to the coronavirus pandemic,” the message said.

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Besides, during the talk, the minister informed the EU commissioner about the progress in the European integration reforms in Ukraine, adoption of important legislative decisions, particularly, banking law.

The European Commissioner welcomed this decision of the Ukrainian parliament and added that Ukraine fulfilled all conditions for further macro-financial aid from the EU.

“As soon as the International Monetary Fund provides its final estimation and approves the further cooperation with Ukraine, the EU will be ready to allocate the second tranche of the fourth program of the macro-financial aid in the sum of 500 million euro immediately,” the Foreign Ministry said.

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Kuleba, in his turn, expressed the gratitude for the initiative of the European Commission to provide Ukraine with 1.2 billion euro of special macro-financial aid for stabilization of the economy due to pandemic. 


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