The EU ambassadors agreed on a mandate to extend "visa-free trade" with Ukraine and Moldova

On February 21, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU agreed on a mandate for negotiations on the continuation of the suspension of the application of tariffs and duties on import from Ukraine and Moldova.

Proposals related to the so-called "autonomous trade measures" provide for the suspension of tariffs and quotas for imports from Ukraine to the EU for one more year, from June 6, 2024 to June 5, 2025. At the same time, the proposals envisage enhancing protection in the field of trade in "sensitive" agricultural products, enhancing the protective measures already included in the current regulatory rules (EU Document 2023/1077) and including new such measures for certain "sensitive" products.

For Moldova, this suspension of trade tariffs and quotas is proposed to be extended from July 25, 2024 to July 24, 2025, also with the possibility of enhancing protective measures for agricultural products.

The Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU adopted the text of the proposals of the European Commission without any modifications, in view of reaching an agreement on the document and in anticipation of the adoption of these proposals by the European Parliament in the first reading.

Before the new regulatory rules enter into force, they must be formally adopted by the Council of the EU, signed by representatives of the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, and published in the Official Journal of the EU.

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