The 7th session of the European Union-Ukraine Association Council, chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell and the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, has wound up in Brussels.
The participants of the meeting of the Association Council acknowledged the importance of further strengthening Ukraine's economic integration with the European Union on the basis of the Association Agreement. Ukraine will continue its policy of harmonization with European standards in all areas in the framework of the implementation of the provisions of the Association Agreement.
"Our special interest lies within updating of the annexes to the Association Agreement, especially in terms of trade, digitalization of the economy, the green course, the conclusion of industrial visa-free regime, integration into the EU energy market and cooperation in the field of transport. We count on the EU's commitment to achieving the goals of the Agreement, the most ambitious of which is the gradual integration of Ukraine into EU markets," said Denys Shmyhal following the meeting.
Representatives of the European Union, for their part, reaffirmed their readiness to help Ukraine gain early access to vaccines and support the immunization campaign.
Denys Shmyhal noted, the European Union had reaffirmed its unwavering support and commitment to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and condemned the actions of the Russian Federation to violate Ukraine's territorial integrity. The European Union's policy of non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea remains in place as well.
During the meeting, the representatives of the EU and Ukraine agreed to start consultations on further review of the liberalization of trade in goods. The parties welcomed the launch of the preliminary assessment mission on Ukraine's readiness for the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (Industrial visa-free regime) and hope to receive its recommendations as soon as possible.
Apart from that, the parties stressed the importance of further work on the integration of Ukraine's energy system into the European one, as well as the significance for Ukraine to prolong the reform in the energy sector.
The members of the Ukrainian delegation highlighted that Ukraine would continue to implement legislative initiatives related to the European Green Deal. Moreover, joint projects in the areas of energy efficiency, coal transformation and the fight against climate change will be continued.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine, in turn, noted that cooperation between Ukraine and the EU would prolong in the directions of research, educational projects, migration policy, cybersecurity, digitalization and other areas.
"Effective implementation of the Association Agreement will remain a key priority of the reform efforts of the Ukrainian Government and my personal priority as Prime Minister," summed up Denys Shmyhal.