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Ministry of Economic Development and Trade creates coordination platform to improve market surveillance system
14.12.2017 | 17:56
MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TRADE OF UKRAINE

Today, December 14, there took place a coordination roundtable "Market surveillance in Ukraine: problems and ways to solve them" that gathered First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Maxym Nefyodov, other representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development, as well as senior officials of services and inspections engaged in market supervision activities.

Within the framework of the Association Agreement, Ukraine has undertaken commitments to harmonize the system of technical regulation in order to eliminate technical barriers to trade. Among the components of technical regulation is the creation of an effective market surveillance system called to protect consumers from hazardous products.

Such efficient market surveillance is one of the prerequisites for signing an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Goods (ACAA) between Ukraine and the EU, which provides for the mutual recognition of certificates of conformity of industrial products.

"The ACAA creates a free visa regime opening up an opportunity for Ukrainian goods to enter the EU markets. We hope it will be signed in the near future, as it is one of the topmost directions of the economic block of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement", said Maxym Nefyodov in his statement.

As was reported, the EU Monitoring Mission positively assessed Ukrainian market surveillance legislation and recognized it as complying with EU legislation in this area. Meanwhile, there are a number of problems in the process of the implementation of the above legislation, in particular, the low level of communication between market surveillance authorities, inadequate (in some cases not available) staffing, untimely implementation of measures in requesting for budget funding for the purchase of non-food products.

To address the aforementioned issues, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, as the body responsible for the shaping of market surveillance policy, has initiated the holding of a meeting of the coordination platform between market surveillance authorities. This platform will help maintain interaction with key stakeholders in this area and identify further ways of developing the market surveillance system. The next meeting of the platform participants is planned to be summoned in February 2018 at the level of responsible specialists of relevant services.

 

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