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Ukraine, EU at meeting of Association Committee in trade configuration approve some agreements – Economy Ministry

KYIV. Nov 23 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine and the European Union have approved a number of agreements during the sixth meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Committee in trade configuration, the Ministry of Economy said following the meeting held in Brussels on November 22 – November 23.

"In the course of an intensive two-day work, a number of agreements were approved, which will become an impetus for the development of trade relations between Ukraine and the EU," the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, the committee was attended by Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade Representative of Ukraine Taras Kachka and representative of the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission Leon Delvaux.

The parties, in particular, decided to amend Appendix XVII-3 (rules applicable to telecommunications services), Appendix XVII-4 (rules applicable to postal and courier services) and Appendix XVII-5 (rules applicable to international maritime transport) of Annex XVII to the Association Agreement.

"Agreements in principle have been reached on the format for updating Annex XV Approximation of Customs Legislation," the ministry said. The parties also identified further steps to conclude the Agreement on Conformity. Assessment and Acceptance of industrial products (ACAA).

At the same time, the ministry did not indicate the details of these agreements.

During the meeting, the Ukrainian side paid special attention to road transport. "In view of the increase in the number of customs declarations, the weight and importance of road transport is tangible. After all, two-thirds of the declarations (1.057 million) are accounted for by road transport carrying value-added goods. All commodities (goods) are transported by sea and rail. Some 21.4 million tonnes were delivered by sea to the EU since the beginning of the year. And the railway transported 18.2 million tonnes of cargo to the EU. At the same time, both of these types of transport account for only 85,000 declarations. Not much more than air transport (75,000 declarations)," the press service said, citing Kachka.

The next meeting of the committee is to take place in 2022 in Kyiv.