By Reforms in Ukraine, which collects and posts all reforms in Ukraine since the Maidan revolution
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
Reform enacted by: Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
The Russian Federation demands a 10-year postponement in the introduction of EU technical phytostandards in Ukraine. Nevertheless, the standards will be introduced in the time specified in the agreement with the EU–as of January 1st, 2016 onwards. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced this while opening a government meeting, according to a LIGA.net correspondent.
Yatsenyuk said that yesterday, the thirteenth round of consultations took place with the Russian Federation regarding the coming-into-force of the free trade agreement between Ukraine and the EU. “These are tripartite consultations, where Ukraine and the EU act together, and Russia acts like a country who does not wish for an agreement on a free trade zone to come into force. Russia’s arguments do not withstand criticism. We have offered our cooperation in getting Russia to recognize that the agreement will come into force, under any circumstance, beginning on January 1st, 2016. If Russia has any technical questions that they are unable to find the answers to, we are ready to translate the free trade agreement for them again,” Yatsenyuk stated.
The prime minister said that during yesterday’s meeting, the Russian Federation had put forward conditions for a 10-year postponement by Ukraine of technical phytostandards in accordance with the requirements of the free trade agreement with the EU. “I want to clearly state: Ukraine will not postpone the implementation of technical phytostandards, as defined by the free trade agreement between Ukraine and the EU. Russia’s goal is not to allow the Ukrainian economy to develop. Russia aims to not allow Ukrainian goods to become competitive and to easily conquer new markets,” he stated.
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