The European Union hopes the withdrawal of Ukraine in the coming weeks, the moratorium on timber exports imposed in 2015 for a period of 10 years, said the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker during a press conference with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and head of the European Council Donald Tusk.
According to Juncker, the lifting of the moratorium will be a key condition for the allocation of Ukraine the next tranche of macro-financial assistance in the amount of 600 million euros, reports UNIAN.
«We hope that the law will be suspended a ban on the export of wood. Was such a condition, and we expect that the response will be in the coming days or weeks. And this will allow us to grant permission for a tranche of 600 million euros, which we promised Ukraine as macro-financial assistance», — said Juncker.
As reported, Ukraine introduced a moratorium on the export of timber as the only possible at that time, the measures which helped to restore order in the sphere of the deforestation and trafficking of forest products. However, this decision caused a lot of criticism from the EU. In particular, the European Commissioner for trade Cecilia malmström noted that the moratorium is contrary to the norms of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. In turn, the head of the EU delegation Hugues Mingarelli stressed that the lifting of the moratorium is the main condition of allocation of funds. Agreed with him and the Chairman of the trade sector of the EU delegation to Ukraine Nicholas Burge. According to him, the rejection of the lifting of the moratorium could lead to the refusal of some countries to approve the European Commission proposal on the extension of the quotas for Ukrainian products.
In Ukraine a unified position on the moratorium on the export of timber there. However, first Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv noted that if the continuation of the moratorium on the export of timber will lead to increased processing of timber in the country, which is advantageous for Ukraine, Kiev can do without macro-financial assistance of the European Union.
The EU looks forward to the removal of Ukraine’s moratorium on timber exports in the coming weeks — Juncker 24.11.2016