Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba presented plans for the future and summarized the first 100 days of work in the Government. The presentation took place at the administrative border with the temporarily occupied Crimea, during the opening of the Kalanchak checkpoint service zone.
"The main priority of all reforms in the field of European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine is to ensure a tangible result for the Ukrainian economy: new opportunities for Ukrainian business in the EU, increasing the domestic and foreign investment flaws," said Dmytro Kuleba.
It stands to reason that the Deputy Prime Minister has chosen the administrative border with the temporarily occupied Crimea and the Kherson region as a platform to present the achievements of 100-day’s activities and priorities for the next year. Before Dmytro Kuleba emphasized, it is the southern and eastern regions that will be the pioneers of the new Government policy, which is to bring benefits of European integration to the regions of Ukraine. The first European Integration Office in Ukraine will be opened in Kherson the following year.
New opportunities for the economy
One of the main priorities for the coming years is to deepen economic integration with the European Union. In the near future, a common vision on how to update the sectoral part of the Association Agreement will be determined. Ukraine plans to sign a Common Aviation Area Agreement with the EU.
"The pivotal meeting - the EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting - will take place on January 28. The major efforts in 2020 will be invested to ensure Ukraine gradually integrates into the EU digital single market, joins the Convention on a Common Transit Procedure so that to approach as close as possible to the conclusion of the so-called industrial free-visa regime – an ACAA (Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products) and to demonstrate dynamic progress in the process of mutual integration of Ukrainian and EU energy markets," Dmytro Kuleba emphasized.
Among the plans are to agree on a new agenda in the area of justice, freedom and security, and to launch a dialogue on cybersecurity.
European integration affects everyone, that's why European Integration Offices will be opened in regions of Ukraine. This will allow all regions to become more actively involved in new opportunities in the framework of cooperation with the EU for business development, education, science, cultural projects and more. The first office will be opened in Kherson next year, and in the following five years - in each regional center.
NATO Membership: Security and Development
Euro-Atlantic integration will also remain a priority. In the security and defense sector, NATO practices will be introduced to reduce corruption risks in the activities of Ukraine's security and defense sector.
"We have several key events in 2020: the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Spring Session to be held in Kyiv, the Ukrainian Defense Hackathon in the summer, and the NATO exercise Coherent Resilience 2020," Dmytro Kuleba said.
The composition of the Euro-Atlantic Coordination Commission will be updated by the end of this year. Together with International Staff the NATO will evaluate the 2019 Annual National Program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission and approve the project for next year.
In 2020, single guidelines for the development of national programs and an external monitoring system for the implementation of annual national programs will be applied.
Ukraine will begin to establish a National Resilience System in line with NATO criteria and practices. In particular, in the coming year, with the support of NATO and individual NATO Member States, a series of practical training activities will be undertaken to train specialists from all government agencies involved in establishing the System.
Besides, the fight for equal rights for women and men in the field of security and defense will prolong. A gender issue will be introduced into the educational process.
What has been achieved in 100 days
Deputy Prime Minister Dmytro Kuleba also summed up 100 days of activities of the new Government in the sector of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Deepening sectoral integration with the EU. In particular, last week the Verkhovna Rada adopted the last law on the list of necessary legislation to launch the negotiations for the conclusion of the ACAA (the so-called industrial visa regime) with the EU. Having received the positive conclusion of the EU Assessment Mission, Ukraine will in the future be able to gradually expand the list of industrial products for export to the EU under the simplified procedure.
Progress has been made in the energy sector: the parties are working hard to introduce Energy Annex to the Association Agreement to abide by European standards in the energy sector, to ensure better protection of consumer rights, and higher quality of services. The Customs Service demonstrates progress in work: new laws introducing European standards in the customs sector have been adopted. Progress has been made in the protection of human rights. A renewed agenda for deepening cooperation in the area of justice, freedom and security is being harmonized with the EU side and a new Annex to the Association Agreement is being developed to introduce European standards in Ukraine to protect personal data against theft and fraud, to enhance anti-money laundering and curbing corruption activities.
"In almost 100 days almost 30 European integration laws and 16 important decisions of the Government have been adopted. All of those cover the issues of the introduction of European standards in various fields: from construction to consumer protection, from road safety to transplantation. In addition to operational work, we have reset the European integration system – we have updated the Action Plan on the implementation of the Association Agreement by 2024. It has become even more ambitious," Dmytro Kuleba emphasized.
Now anyone can check the progress of the European integration process with the help of the Pulse of the Agreement pulse.eu-ua.org.