Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with EU
Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström in Brussels on Tuesday. The parties
discussed the state of implementation of the Association Agreement, inter alia
a deep and comprehensive free trade area.
The Prime Minister noted that the execution of the Agreement
is among the essential priorities of the Government, and therefore "we
need support from Brussels", he highlighted. Both Ukraine and the EU are
interested in DCFTA to demonstrate positive economic effect in the near future.
"It will be a political "success story" in our bilateral
relations", stressed the Head of Ukrainian Government.
Volodymyr Groysman urged the Commissioner to adopt as fast
as possible a decision on the introduction by the EU of additional economic and
trade preferences for Ukraine. "The EU should demonstrate strong support for
Ukraine in the context of Russian transit and trade restrictions", he highlighted.
In response, Cecilia Malmström
said: "In September we’ll be ready to announce additional trade
preferences for Ukraine". "It is important that the scope of the EU autonomous
preferences were ambitious and included critically important product categories
such as poultry, products of
animal origin, flour, fruit juices, electrical appliances, aluminium and
articles thereof", said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister updated that the Government of Ukraine is
working on solving the existing "issues of major concern" in the
bilateral trade relations between Ukraine and the EU and settlement of these creates
the prerequisites for obtaining the second tranche of the EU macro-financial
assistance worth EUR 600 million.
Volodymyr Groysman gained the support of the European Commissioner
in the matter of establishment of an Office
of Investment Management,
as well as the reform of the Ukrainian customs.
The parties pointed out mutual interest in deepening bipartite
collaboration on industrial policy. In this framework they stressed the
necessity to launch a High-Level Dialogue between Ukraine and the EU on