Integration into the EU internal market, raising living standards through the introduction of European standards and implementation of the provisions of the EU Green Deal are the Government's priorities towards Ukraine's integration into the European Union. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on October 21 during the inaugural meeting of the Commission for Coordination of the Implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
The meeting was attended by members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ambassador of the European Union, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikas, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva.
According to the Prime Minister, the purpose of the newly created Commission is to consolidate the actions of various branches of government in fulfilling Ukraine’s European integration commitments. At the inaugural meeting, the Commission members discussed the top priorities in the field of European integration.
During his introductory statement, Denys Shmygal noted that January 2021 marks 5 years since the beginning of the functioning of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between Ukraine and the EU.
"During this time, the Association Agreement has become a clear guide to our priorities - a roadmap for domestic reforms, covering all areas of the functioning the state, and, very importantly, has consolidated citizens around the European choice," said the Prime Minister.
According to him, the European Union has become the largest and most important trading partner. Today, the EU's share in Ukraine's foreign trade is 40.8%.
The Prime Minister noted that the Verkhovna Rada had recently adopted important European integration laws that had failed to be considered for years. "We are going to speed up these activities and for today's sitting we have prepared a list of 21 European integration bills that have already been registered in the Verkhovna Rada, as well as a list of 30 bills to be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada," the Head of Government stressed.
Denys Shmyhal added that the Government had set an ambitious task to implement the adopted European integration legislation. This, he accentuated, requires a large number of regulations.
"Before today's meeting, we have determined an indicative list of such acts to be adopted by the end of 2020. Therefore, I will ask the members of the Commission who are members of the Government to submit the maximum possible number of acts from the list for consideration to the Cabinet of Ministers before the next meeting of the Commission in November 2020," said Denys Shmyhal.
On the outcomes of the meeting, the Prime Minister commissioned the members of the Commission to report monthly on the results of work on the implementation of European integration priorities.
In addition, before the next meeting of the Commission, Denys Shmyhal instructed to submit to the Government draft laws aimed at fulfilling Ukraine’s European integration obligations, with a view to their further submission to the Verkhovna Rada. And also, in accordance with the set deadlines, to submit to the Government by-laws aimed at implementing the Association Agreement.
"It is critical for us to prepare well for the meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council on December 8, 2020, and to fulfill our obligations," the Prime Minister summed up.