The Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Petro Poroshenko, and other members of Mykola Azarov’s government continue to insist on Kyiv’s right to a review of its WTO membership terms.
This concerns custom duties for 371 goods worth a total of over USD 4.5bn. As expected, Ukraine’s Western partners were not long in responding: Keith Rockwell, Director of the WTO Information and Media Relations Division, said that reaction to these demands was very “quick and negative.” WTO representatives expressed surprise at such a large-scale revision of the terms. The reaction of the EU and the US was equally negative, essentially accusing Ukraine of protectionism. In truth, the review of import duties can take years, and this will probably satisfy the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, which has found itself under powerful pressure from lobbyists, including Ukrainian car tycoons and the Federation of Employers of Ukraine, the authority of which has increased since Dmytro Firtash became its chairman. A special working group was set up at the Ministry for the purpose of the revision of Ukraine’s WTO membership terms. The Ministry’s employees have collected all the recommendations from the working group and oligarchs and sent them in a letter to the WTO.
Mostly discussed for its regulation of the language of instruction in schools, the new law offers more overlooked important innovations intended to change the quality and the content of education in Ukraine
The new law on the reintegration of the occupied parts of the Donbas qualifies them as such and names Russia as the occupier. Yet, it does not launch the process of deoccupation or change the mechanism envisaged in the Minsk Agreement
This week started off with a bang in Kyiv...and it had nothing to do with working on healthcare reform, which the Verkhovna Rada eventually passed on October 19. The #1 topic became a protest action to push political reforms forward that was called by anti-corruption politicians and former Odesa Governor Mikhail Saakashvili