The seventh meeting of the Association Committee between Ukraine and the European Union took place in Brussels on November 29-30, at which the progress made in the implementation of the Association Agreement and further prospects for reform in Ukraine were discussed.
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It is noted that the Ukrainian delegation was headed by Natalia Forsyuk, Director General of the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, and the EU delegation was headed by Michael, Managing Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation and OSCE.
Opening the conflict to the Committee, C egobert creates his time to conduct against the background of Russia’s aggravation of the security situation. In his introductory remarks, he stressed the progress and importance of continuing the reform. According to him, the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union is the most ambitious agreement that the European Union has with any third partner, and the European side of the word is interested in its full implementation.
Forsyuk thanked the European partners for their unwavering support of the reform process and assured of the sustainability of further reform steps. In our speech, she expressed the readiness of the Ukrainian side to update a number of Annexes to the Association Agreement.
“We hope that the joint assessment of the achievement of the goals of the Association Agreement will become a driving force for its further renewal in accordance with the real present,” Forsyuk said.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the progress and prospects of reform, issues of political association and development of the situation in Ukraine, strengthening cooperation in the field of justice, freedom and security, features of economic cooperation and other aspects of sectoral cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.
The head of the Ukrainian delegation informed her European colleagues about the current state of implementation of the Association Agreement. Thus, according to her, the greatest progress during the implementation of the Agreement was achieved in the following areas: “Political dialogue, national security and defense” – 89%; “Justice, freedom, security, human rights” – 87%; “Humanitarian policy” – 87%; “Technical barriers to trade” – 86%; “Public procurement” – 85%; “Statistics and knowledge exchange” – 84%; “Entrepreneurship” – 83%; “Taxation” – 81%; “Education, training and youth” – 79%; “Public Finance Management” – 74%.
As a result of the Committee, the parties expressed satisfaction with the constructive progress on the issues discussed during the joint meeting.
As reported, the Committee between Ukraine and the European Union is the largest body of the association at the expert level. It brings together representatives of ministries, as at the level of representatives of ministers for European integration. The Committee shall assist the Council of the Association in carrying out its duties and functions and in carrying out the tasks provided for in the Agreement and on behalf of its Council of the Association.