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Zelensky: Kyiv expects to sign ACAA agreement at next Ukraine-EU summit
(Updated and extended)
KYIV. Oct 12 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukraine expects to sign the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) at the next Ukraine-EU summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.
"We are starting a conversation [with the EU] on updating customs tariffs and the comprehensive free trade area. I am sure there is movement towards the ACAA agreement, which is very important for Ukraine. At the next Ukraine-EU summit, we are striving to sign this agreement," Zelensky said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday, following the 23rd Ukraine-EU summit.
The Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA) is a type of a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRAs) based on the alignment of the legislative system and infrastructure of the country concerned with those of the EU.
The signing of the ACAA would allow manufacturers of industrial products to obtain the necessary certificates in Ukraine instead of contacting an official representative – a resident of the European Union, who has the right to obtain such a document. The possibility of signing such an agreement is provided for in the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.
According to Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine expects to complete political negotiations on the conclusion of the ACAA agreement with the European Union in 2022. In the spring of this year, Ukraine and the EU completed the first phase of the quality infrastructure assessment, which included a comprehensive assessment of all the documents required to conclude the agreement. The next stage should provide for a direct assessment of metrological centers for compliance with the declared requirements (in particular, the qualification level of specialists, equipment).
Initially, ACAA will be concluded for three sectors of industrial products: low-voltage electrical equipment, electromagnetic compatibility of equipment, and machinery. After successful EU recognition of the first of these sectors, this practice can be extended to other industries.