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Brussels hosted third meeting of the Association Committee between Ukraine and the European Union
03.07.2017 | 17:00
GOVERNMENT OFFICE ON EUROPEAN AND EURO-ATLANTIC INTEGRATION

The Ukrainian delegation at the meeting was headed by Stefanishyna Olga, Director of the Government Office for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration. The delegation comprised Boyko Natalia, Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine on European Integration; Dovgan Viktor, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine on European Integration; Zerkal Olena, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on European Integration, Kuzio Mykola, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine on European Integration, Marchenko Serhii, Deputy Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Deputies for European Integration of other Ministries, Leshchenko Serhii, Deputy Head of the Main Department for Foreign Policy and European Integration of the Presidential Administration; Kazakevych Polina, Head of the Department for Coordination of Cooperation with the EU Office for the Coordination of Relations with Ukraine of the EU Government Office on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Secretary from the Ukrainian side.

At the beginning of the meeting, Director of the Government Office Olga Stefanishyna thanked the European Party for their valuable contribution to finalizing of the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, which will come into force on September 1 this year. The head of the delegation noted the historic value of obtaining a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens with EU countries, and stressed the irreversibility of the course of Ukraine towards integration and observance of European values.

Within the frames of the agenda of the meeting in a political dialogue part, a member of the delegation Serhii Leshchenko provided relevant information on the situation in Donbas and the Crimea. In particular, he told that the cease-fire regime in Donbas was constantly violated by pro-Russian militants and since April 1, 2017 the number of casualties among Ukrainian military was 47. A separate issue was the violation by the occupation authorities of the Crimea of the rights of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar people. Serhii Leshchenko also expressed gratitude for the support by the world community for economic and political preventive measures against Russia and noted that Ukraine counts on unwavering support by international partners and prolonging political and economic pressure on the occupying country. Mary Hakopyan, Director of the International Cooperation and and European Integration of the Interior Ministry, informed European partners about the state of approval of the draft new version of the Administrative Agreement between the State Service of Ukraine for Emergencies and the EC Directorate-General "Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection".

In turn, Serhii Petukhov, Deputy Justice Minister for European Integration, noted that positive trends in the fight against corruption were taking place in Ukraine. In particular, a system of electronic asset declarations for politicians and civil servants has been launched. Moreover, institutional capacity to ensure the implementation of anticorruption policy in the state has been created. It is considered not less important in the fight against corruption the launch by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine of the e-services portal - one more step towards ensuring effective e-governance in Ukraine.

Natalia Boyko stressed the significance of viable cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in the energy and nuclear spheres. Among others, an issue of the Energy Strategy of Ukraine was discussed, namely, the continuation of work on the adoption of the draft new Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035 "Security, energy efficiency and competitiveness". During this year, important legislative acts in the field of energy have been adopted, more than 50 regulatory acts in the field of electricity were developed to ensure the implementation of the Law of Ukraine "On the Electricity Market".

A major measure in the nuclear sector was the approval of a Concept of the State targeted economic program for development of the nuclear-industrial complex of Ukraine  for 2016-2020 aimed to ensure stable supply and diversification of nuclear fuel supplies for nuclear power plants in Ukraine through more advanced and safer ways. Regarding the transit of gas, it was stressed that Ukraine is guided by active cooperation with the EU on the modernization and operation of the Ukrainian gas transmission system and intends to sell gas storage services to traders from neighboring countries - those not having gas storage facilities. In addition, the diversification of sources and routes of energy supplies is included into the top priorities agenda for the Government.

In turn, Serhii Petukhov and Serhii Leshchenko outlined the major changes that had taken place in the sector of justice, freedom and security. Among other things, the members of the delegation informed the EU side about the progress in reforming of the judicial system of Ukraine.

Serhii Leshchenko, welcoming the liberalization of the visa regime for Ukraine, emphasized that the State Migration Service had increased the number of departments properly equipped to issue passports from 330 to almost 600. Also, Ukraine improved its peformance in the ranking of having the most influential passport by the general visa-free score from 50th to 32nd place.

The issues of sectoral cooperation were discussed through the prism of implementation by Ukraine of commitments under the Association Agreement.

Within the framework of the meeting, the Head of the Ukrainian delegation Olga Stefanishyna spoke about the actual issues of pursuing a social policy in the country, introduction of the pension reform and separately focused on the mechanisms of support for internally displaced persons. Moreover, she told about the establishment of a one-voice policy mechanism for government communications and strategies launched in 2016. Apart from that, the head of the delegation presented a detailed analysis of the progress of development and implementation of road maps to align Ukrainian legislation with that of the EU in the areas of postal and courier, financial services, public procurement, maritime transport and sanitary and phytosanitary measures. Olga Stefanishyna paid special attention to the issue of a new system of planning and monitoring of the implementation of the Association Agreement. In particular, representatives of the EU were informed that on May 31 this year the Government had adopted the CMU Resolution, which approved a new integrated Procedure for planning, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the implementation of the Agreement.

The parties agreed on a joint intention to begin the process of updating the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda, what was planned to carry out in 2018, as well as to launch official consultations on upgrading the annexes to the Agreement.

 

 

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