Zelensky: Ukraine will move towards ‘industrial visa-free regime’ with EU
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the Ukrainian delegation presented a vision for renewing the Association Agreement in the field of trade and sectoral cooperation.
He said this during the 22nd EU-Ukraine Summit in Brussels on Tuesday, the president’s press service reports.
“During the Summit, we paid considerable attention to the implementation of the Association Agreement. We have agreed to make the most of its mechanisms in order to further develop our trade relations and deepen economic integration between Ukraine and the European Union. At the same time, our delegation presented its vision for the renewal of the Association Agreement in the field of trade and sectoral cooperation. The free trade area must correspond to the realities of today – both the Ukrainian economy and the economy and the legislative field of the European Union,” Zelensky said.
According to him, one of the key results of the Summit, he said, was the agreement to begin in 2021 a joint assessment of the achievements of the goals of the Association Agreement, which will be the driving force for its further renewal.
“We have discussed the deepening of sectoral integration. Our discussions focused on the integration into the EU Digital Single Market, integration of energy markets of Ukraine and the European Union, cooperation in the implementation of the European green course,” Zelensky said.
The Ukrainian president announced the intention to move towards an agreement on “industrial visa-free regime”.
“An EU expert mission has already begun work to assess Ukraine’s readiness to conclude an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products,” he said.
In addition, according to Zelensky, the parties discussed terms of signing the Agreement on the Common Aviation Area, which has been on our agenda for many years.
“We have been assured that all technical issues will be resolved by all means, and this Agreement will be signed as soon as possible,” the Ukrainian president said.
In turn, President of the European Council Charles Michel noted that the Association Agreement aimed to create conditions for Ukraine to gradually integrate into the European internal market.
“This is the most ambitious agreement that the European Union has with any country,” he said, stressing that the EU intends to deepen cooperation with Ukraine in the field of IT and “green” energy.
As reported by Ukrinform, the 22nd EU-Ukraine Summit took place in Brussels on October 6, during which representatives of Ukraine and the European Union signed six financial agreements worth almost EUR 400 million.