OLGA STEFANISHINA AT THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS SUMMIT: "UKRAINE IS THE FIRST STATE TO BE OFFICIALLY READY TO COOPERATE WITH THE EU ON THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL
On Tuesday, November 17, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olga Stefanishina spoke about the future of cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in the context of the European Green Deal, in an online interview at the European Business Summit organized with the support of the Ukrainian Business and Trade Association (UBTA).
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, Ukraine became the first country outside the EU to officially offer a dialogue on the European Green Deal as a partner. O. Stefanishyna is convinced that this dialogue should take place within the framework of the renewal of the Association Agreement.
The European Green Deal opens up enormous opportunities for Ukraine, in particular "to accelerate the transition from a commodity to a more developed and more environmentally friendly economy." At the same time, it is extremely important for Ukraine to avoid or minimize the risks posed by the European Green Course for our exporters, in particular in the form of a carbon tariff and other trade barriers, ”said Olga Stefanishyna.
The Deputy Prime Minister also noted the active participation and clearly articulated position of Ukrainian business, including the metallurgical, energy and agricultural sectors, in the dialogue on the potential impact of the European Green Deal on trade conditions with the EU.
Other issues raised by Ms. Stefanishina during the interview included the prospects for reforming the coal sector, the ability to transport and store hydrogen to Europe through Ukraine’s gas transportation system, and the importance of reforms for the reintegration of the occupied territories.
More about the future of Ukraine-EU cooperation - in the video of the discussion at the link