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BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Commission proposed on Wednesday a one-year suspension of import responsibilities on all Ukrainian items not covered by an existing open market offer to assist the nation’s economy throughout the war with Russia.
The procedures will use in specific to vegetables and fruit, based on minimum cost requirements, farming items dealing with quotas, and particular commercial items, tariffs on which were just due to be phased out by the end of 2022.
That phase-out, set out in the 2016 EU-Ukraine open market contract, uses to fertilisers, aluminium items and cars and trucks.
The European Union will likewise excuse Ukraine from secure procedures that restrict steel imports, and lift anti-dumping tariffs the EU presently troubles Ukrainian steel tubes, hot-rolled flat steel items and ironing boards.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated he had actually gone over the proposition with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday and revealed his appreciation.
“Right now this will allow us to maintain economic activity in Ukraine, our national production, as much as possible. But this decision needs to be considered not only in the Ukrainian context,” he stated in a late-night video address.
“Sufficient export of our products to European and global markets will be a significant tool against crises.”
The proposition will now require to be settled on by the European Parliament and EU federal governments to come into force.
The European Commission, which supervises trade policy in the 27-nation EU, stated the extraordinary procedures were developed to reduce troubles for Ukrainian manufacturers and exporters in the face of Russia’s intrusion.
“Since the start of Russia’s aggression, the EU has prioritised the importance of keeping Ukraine’s economy going – which is crucial both to help it win this war and to get back on its feet post-war,” Commission Vice President and Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis stated.
Last year, bilateral EU-Ukraine trade was more than 52 billion euros ($55 billion), double its level prior to the 2016 open market offer.
With Ukrainian shipping by means of the Black Sea now cut off by the Russian navy, the EU has actually likewise relocated to assist land transportation of Ukrainian items, for instance by alleviating the entry conditions for Ukrainian truck motorists.
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