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The meeting of the Ukraine-EU Association Committee took place in Brussels

On November 29-30, 2021, the seventh meeting of the Association Committee between Ukraine and the European Union took place in Brussels to discuss the progress made in the implementation of the Association Agreement and further prospects for reforms in Ukraine.

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 the Managing Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Regional Cooperation, and the OSCE.

Opening the meeting of the Committee, Michael Siebert stressed the timeliness of its holding against the background of Russia’s aggravated security situation. In his introductory remarks, he stressed the progress and importance of continuing reforms.

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 is interested in its full implementation.

The head of the Ukrainian delegation Natalia Forsyuk thanked the European partners for their unwavering support of the reform process and assured of the sustainability of further reform steps. In her speech, she stressed 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 be an important driving force for its further renewal in accordance with the realities of today,” said Natalia Forsyuk.

During the meeting, the parties discussed in detail the progress and prospects of reforms, issues of political association and development of the situation in Ukraine, strengthening cooperation in the field of justice, freedom and security, 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. According to her, the greatest progress during the implementation of the Agreement has been made 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 information exchange” – 84%;

• “Entrepreneurship” – 83%;

• “Taxation” – 81%;

• “Education, training and youth” – 79%;

• Public Finance Management – 74%.

According to the results of the Committee, the parties expressed satisfaction with the constructive approach to the issues considered during the joint meeting.

For reference

The Association Committee between Ukraine and the European Union is the highest body of the association at the expert level. It consists of representatives of ministries, mainly at the level of Deputy Ministers for European Integration. The Committee shall assist the Council of the Association in the performance of its duties and functions and shall carry out the tasks provided for in the Agreement and entrusted to it by the Council of the Association.

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