Workshop: EU – Ukraine Association Agreement. Transport Sector

On September 7, the workshop "EU – Ukraine Association Agreement. Transport Sector" was held in Odesa.

The Association Agreement has entered into force on 1 September 2017 and this is a true achievement for the whole country. The Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine was signed in 2014, marking a new stage in development of EU-Ukraine relations. The workshop was organized by the EU Delegation, Ministry on Infrastructure and AASISTS Project (Support to the Implementation of the Association Agreement and of the National Strategy in the Transport Sector in Ukraine) managed by EGIS to discuss the benefits and challenges that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement brings to transport sector.

With regard to the Association Agreement, the agenda of the workshop highlighted the following topics:

  • EU support for reforms in Ukrainian transport.
  • Opportunities for every Ukrainian citizen. EU Delegation projects to support the AA implementation.
  • How the Association Agreement affects the transport sector in Ukraine. Harmonization of legislation.
  • Implementation of the Association Agreement. Challenges and benefits.
  • Road and Multimodal Transport.
  • Maritime Transport.
  • National Transport Strategy 2030 and the Association Agreement.

The workshop was led by the key speakers such as Victor Dovgan, Deputy Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine, Johannes Baur, Head of Operations Section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Daniel Jacques, member of the Support Group for Ukraine, and EGIS international experts of technical assistance project from Ukraine, France, the Czech Republic and Poland.

The workshop brought together policy-makers and international experts, where they shared European experience and discussed transport sector developments as part of the Association Agreement as new opportunities for modernization and its gradual alignment with the EU standards and principles. The participants had an opportunity to get acquainted with principles of the EU transport policies, processes of transposition of acquis communautaire that reflected these policies and benefits of adoption of EU standards for Ukraine.