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First EU-Ukraine high-level industrial and regulatory dialogue takes place Published on: 02/03/2017

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Today, the first meeting of the EU-Ukraine high-level industrial and regulatory dialogue took place in Brussels. The cooperation will contribute to further economic integration between the EU and Ukraine, with a special focus on industry.

The dialogue will enhance interaction on industrial matters and help the integration of Ukrainian enterprises into global, European and regional supply chains. It will promote sustainable economic development and growth in Ukraine through the implementation of the Association Agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

The meeting was attended by First Vice-Prime Minister, and Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Stepan Kubiv, and the Director-General responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Lowri Evans. 

Both sides exchanged information and expertise on policy and regulatory measures to contribute to the modernisation and restructuring of Ukrainian industry, and to improve the framework conditions for particular SMEs.

Discussions took place in technical working groups on technical barriers to trade, standardisation, public procurement, SME policy, engineering, the automotive industry and space.

The dialogue will lead to a reduction in technical barriers to trade by aligning Ukraine's regulatory and technical requirements to those in force in the EU. Both sides welcomed the progress achieved by Ukraine in this regard. This has been attained as part of the country's preparations for the start of negotiations for an Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) and in the area of public procurement, including the successful launch of the ProZorro e-procurement system.

The dialogue also aims to facilitate business collaboration and create transparent conditions and legal certainty for European investors in Ukraine. Representatives from Ukrainian and European business were able to offer an insight into the challenges they perceive in their industries.

Both sides agreed on the importance of the implementation of the SME Development Strategy and the EU4Business initiative in Ukraine to increase the competitiveness of small businesses.

Cooperation is ongoing in the areas of satellite navigation - particularly with regard to the future deployment of an EGNOS ground station in Kyiv -Copernicus, space research and within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations.

In the future, cooperation within the dialogue will be widened to include other industry sectors.

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