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Eastern Partnership: Promoting stronger economies and societies for the EU’s six Eastern Partners

06 December 2018
On 6 December , the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, together with the European Commission, is hosting the 5th Eastern Partnership Business Forum in Vienna. This will be followed by the Eastern Partnership’s Annual Conference on 7 December. The two events will bring…
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EU approves disbursement of €500 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine

30 November 2018
On 30 November, the European Commission, on behalf of the EU, approved the disbursement of the first €500 million of the new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme to Ukraine. With this disbursement, the total MFA extended to Ukraine by the EU since 2014 will reach €3.3 billion, the largest…
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Ukraine: EU experts to share experience in public finance management

21 November 2018
On 27-28 November, experts from Finland and Sweden will join a workshop in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to discuss management of public finances. The event will gather officials from the Ministry of Regional Development of Ukraine and Kyiv and Bila Tserkva city councils, who will touch upon…
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Mayors for Economic Growth: New staff exchange opportunity in Eastern Neighbourhood

20 November 2018
Acting members of the EU-funded Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) initiative have until 30 January 2019 to apply for a new opportunity for staff exchange missions. This exchange is aimed at supporting the M4EG acting members with the implementation of their Local Economic Development Plan by…
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European Civil Aviation Conference shares experience on cargo and mail screening with Eastern Neighbourhood countries

15 November 2018
On 7-8 November, the screening requirements for cargo and mail shipments were discussed at a workshop in Luxembourg. The workshop, hosted by the Luxembourg Civil Aviation Authority,  was attended by representatives of relevant state institutions from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan,…
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EU report: Ukraine makes important progress on reforms but more needs to be done on the judiciary and fight against corruption

09 November 2018
Ukraine has made progress in a number of important areas over the past year, but several outstanding reforms still need to be reinforced so that Ukrainian citizens can fully reap the benefits of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.On 7 November, the…
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Start Business Challenge: Online tool to stimulate entrepreneurship development in Ukraine

07 November 2018
More than 150 entrepreneurs, business associations and media attended a recent event in Kyiv to present the key features and benefits of the ‘Start Business Challenge’ tool. The tool has been developed on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine by the Better Regulation…
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EU report: Free trade with Ukraine delivers on growth and public tenders

02 November 2018
A new EU report has revealed that the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) paved the way for EU companies to bid in public tenders in the country. Ukraine has adopted a comprehensive roadmap on public procurement – a further step towards a more transparent and open public…
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Situation in the Sea of Azov: European Parliament deplores excessive actions of Russian Federation

31 October 2018
On 30 October, the European Parliament (EP) issued a resolution on the situation in the Sea of Azov, in Ukraine. The EP said it “deplores the excessive actions of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov insofar as they breach international maritime law and Russia’s own international commitments…
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Austria to share experience with value added tax legislation implementation with Ukraine

30 October 2018
On 6–8 November, three representatives of the Tax Policy Department of Ukraine’s Finance Ministry will visit Austria to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for aligning Ukrainian value added tax (VAT) legislation with EU legislation. During the three-day visit, the Ukrainian experts will…