Ukraine Trade Agreements

(114) References to your inland waterway regulations, such as the “Rhine-Main-Danube link” in Annexes XII-A, XII-B XII-D and XII-E, have been deleted as they no longer apply in the bilateral context. This change is not expected to have a significant impact on trade flows. Ukraine has concluded free trade agreements with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), the CIS, Montenegro, Macedonia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. While work on signing a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU first began in 1999[188], formal negotiations between the Ukrainian government and the European Commissioner for Trade did not start until 18 February 2008. [189] Until May 2011, there remained three outstanding issues that needed to be resolved under the free trade agreement: quotas for Ukrainian grain exports, access to the EU services market, and geographical names of Ukrainian raw materials. Beyond these problems, the agreement was ready. [190] Despite these outstanding issues, Ukraine was ready to sign the agreement in its current form. Although it wanted wider prospects for enlargement and access to the EU market for its truck drivers, Ukraine had more than many other candidates for the corresponding phase of the process. The final agreement was initialled on 19 July 2012. [191] Like the AA, ratification of the DCFTA was blocked by the EU due to concerns about the rule of law in Ukraine. [42] [43] [44] These include the application of selective justice and the amendment of electoral laws.

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