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Parliamentary questions
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14 March 2019
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000036/2019

Trade relations between the European Union and Ukraine are governed by the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which was provisionally applied on 1 January 2016 and fully entered into force on 1 September 2017. This agreement means both sides will mutually open their markets for goods and services based on predictable and enforceable trade rules so new opportunities will be created for EU and Ukraine businesses.

The approximation of Ukraine’s legislation to that of the Union is already taking place in the area of customs in view to facilitate customs cooperation, border control, and customs clearance for example.

The Commission welcomes the entrepreneurial project mentioned by the Honourable Member, as it is yet another example of fruitful cooperation between Ukraine and one of the EU Member States.

The EU’s trade policy cover imports, exports and investment and is designed to create better trading opportunities, facilitate and improve customs procedures and overcome barriers to trade.

This includes measures ensuring that border controls are improved and cooperation between customs authorities works better and improved border infrastructure is in place to enable increased trade. Furthermore, this encompasses the EU’s customs cooperation with Ukraine.

Thanks to the Agreement, EU imports from Ukraine increased from EUR 12.8 billion in 2015 to EUR 17.9 billion in 2018, while EU exports to Ukraine increased from EUR 14.0 billion in 2016 to EUR 22.1 billion in 2018.

As regards the border crossing issues reported by the Honourable Member, the Commission is working closely with Ukrainian and EU Member States’ customs authorities to improve this situation and to ensure that trade flows are unhindered.

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