Lifting of Travel Visas, Diversification of Energy Resource Dominated on Ukraine-EU Agenda

Lifting of travel visas and diversification of energy resource supplies dominated the agenda of Wednesday’s discussions between the Ukrainian government and the European Commission delegation, Arseny Yatsenyuk, the interim acting Prime Minister appointed by parliament told a news conference Wednesday.

He said the sides discussed EU’s financial aid to Kiev in the amount of $ 1.6 billion, the first installment of which is to be allocated “within a month after the signing of appropriate documents.”

One of the items on the agenda was collaboration in the sphere of aviation and aircraft manufacturing, including the certification of Ukraine-made jets and supplies of Ukrainian produce to Europe.

“Ukrainian companies should brace themselves for an immediate start of exports to the EU,” Yatsenyuk said, adding that the slashing of some regulations for Ukrainian commodities in the EU countries might produce an economic effect of 500 mln euro before November 1.

Stefan Fuele, the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Policy said the sides discussed collaboration in six spheres.

He said the discussions touched upon stabilization in Ukraine and the ways in which the EU could support Kiev in the course of political, economic and social reforms.

The next meeting in this format is to take place in Brussels, Yatsenyuk said.


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