Ukraine and the EU discussed the lifting of the ban on the export of forest

Украина и ЕС обсудили отмену запрета на вывоз леса

EU attempts to convince Kiev to lift the ban on the export of forest

The dispute on the moratorium on the import of Ukrainian roundwood lasts for several years. EU demands to lift the ban.

Ukraine and the European Commission held a consultation on the abolition of the moratorium on the export of roundwood.
This was announced by adviser to the Minister of economic development and trade Roksolana Pentasa, soobshit Ukrainsk news.

The content of consultations is confidential by agreement of the parties. “The Ukrainian side has provided the EU with all the requested information,” she said.

At the moment, the EU may request the establishment of an arbitration group (according to article 306 of the Association Agreement) or not to renew the dispute.

We will remind, in the spring of 2015 the Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill, which for 10 years has banned the export of unprocessed timber: wood species (except pine) – from 1 November 2015, tree species pine trees – from 1 January 2017.

The dialogue with the EU for the fact that the actions of the Ukrainian side was carried out with violation of procedures stipulated by the Association agreement between Ukraine and the EU (article 35 Restrictions of export or import).

This article provides that neither party shall introduce or maintain any prohibitions, restrictions or activities equivalent to actions against the import of any goods of the other party or the export of any product destined for the territory of the other party.

Also in General, the retention of trade restrictions was provided at the time the Memorandum for preliminary program of macro-financial assistance from the EU.

We will remind, in December, at a meeting of the Board of the Association Ukraine-EU, Ukraine was prizivali to lift the moratorium on the export of unprocessed timber.

Note, despite the ban, the Ukrainian forest continued to export to the EU. So, for the first three quarters of 2018 was exported 1.57 million tonnes of fuel wood to 115,7 million dollars.


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