Exports of Ukrainian goods to the European Union have increased by 60% since the beginning of the provisional application of the Association Agreement with the EU in 2014.
Acting Deputy Director General of the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Maryna Nelina made a corresponding statement during the presentation of the results of the Association Agreement implementation.
The report on the implementation of the Association Agreement underscores that the share of trade in goods with the European Union in the total volume of Ukraine’s foreign trade is 40.7%. Therefore, the EU became Ukraine’s largest trading partner.
Grain crops, oilseeds and oils dominate the structure of exports. In addition, export of a number of other agricultural and food products is growing. For seven years, 362 Ukrainian companies have received the right to export products of animal origin to the European Union.
“The standards in both technical and agricultural spheres are being harmonised very actively,” Nelina stressed.
According to her, 4,161 standards have been brought in line with European norms.
In 2015-2020, Kyiv’s progress in the implementation of the Association Agreement reached 54%, she noted. In particular, Ukraine advanced in the implementation of its obligations by 10% in 2020.
The greatest progress in the implementation of the Agreement has been made in the following areas: political dialogue, national security and defence – by 89%; justice, freedom, security, human rights – 85%; technical barriers to trade – 85%; humanitarian policy – 84%; public procurement – 83%; entrepreneurship – 81%.
The lowest level of progress – 24% – so far has been made in financial cooperation and the fight against fraud.