In 2022, Ukraine expects to accede to the European Convention on Common Transit, or the so-called customs visa-free regime. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal stated during a regular meeting of the Government on October 20.
"We have a high degree of readiness to join the EU customs system. Ukraine has already been using the new NCTS system at the national level. In the future, joining the international system will allow the exchange of customs data in real time and control the goods at each stage of transportation. This is an important step towards de-shadowing and combating abuses at customs," the Head of Government said.
The Prime Minister stressed that this is another of the ‘5 visa-free regimes’ - the strategic directions of the Government in terms of integration into the European environment. He reminded that last week, following the results of the 23rd Ukraine-EU Summit, an aviation visa-free regime (Common Aviation Area Agreement) had been signed.
"This is a vital step towards approximation to the rules and standards of the European Union. The air transportation market will become more competitive, open and transparent. Ukrainian airlines will have expanded access to the EU market and European companies will enter Ukraine instead. All those will create more opportunities for Ukrainians to travel both in terms of geography and in terms of affordability," said Denys Shmyhal.
The next directions, according to him, should be joining the European energy network ENTSO-E, signing an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACCA) and integration into the EU Digital Single Market.