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Council agrees to support access to EU market for Ukrainian exporters

June 7, 2017

On 6 June, EU ambassadors reached an agreement on the Council's stance on temporary autonomous trade measures to support Ukraine. The proposal aims to improve access for Ukrainian exporters to the EU market, in view of the difficult economic situation and the economic reform efforts undertaken by Ukraine.

The proposed measures consist of additional import quotas at zero tariff for certain agricultural products and the partial or full removal of import duties on several industrial products. These conditions will be applied for three years.

Nevertheless, Ukraine will be obliged to respect the same principles as under the association agreement. These include respect for democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms and for the principle of the rule of law.

These measures add to trade provisions already introduced under the EU-Ukraine association agreement, which was signed in 2014 and has been applied since 1 January 2016.

EU ambassadors asked the presidency to engage in talks with the European Parliament, with a view to rapid adoption of the measures.

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