EU is not against the Ukrainian customs duties on imports: preferential treatment is not cancelled
The European Commission, during the consultation with Ukraine, did not make demands on the abolition of import duties and does not consider cancellation of preferential treatment in trade with Ukraine.
This was reported to the "Yevropeiska Pravda" by sources from Ukrainian and European parties, and it is evident from the response of the EU Delegation in Ukraine to the request of the publication.
As reported by the "Yevropeiska Pravda", new import duties were initiated by Yatsenyuk's Government. The purpose of these actions is the need for stabilization of balance of payments. However, this action violated a number of rules of the Association Agreement and other agreements with the EU and threatened to lead to the cancellation of preferential trade regime with the EU. In this case, duties for Ukrainian goods exported to the EU could be restored.
The EU Delegation acknowledged that introduction of the duties contradicts the conditions of unilateral cancellation of duties by the EU.
"Autonomous trade measures implemented by the EU had a condition: Ukraine had to refrain from introducing new duties for European goods," - representative of the diplomatic mission said.
"Meanwhile, the act (on preferential treatment) gives the European Commission the right to act at its own discretion, taking into account the exceptional circumstances prevailing in Ukraine, including payment crisis."
The diplomatic mission statement does not contain a clear affirmation that the EU has given final approval to the new duty - this issue is yet to be decided later. However, sources of the "Yevropeiska Pravda" from both parties claim that such consent is almost certain - provided that Ukraine is not challenged by the World Trade Organization and the IMF.