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Ukraine | Brussels, 5 August 2015

Trilateral Talks EU-Ukraine-Russia - State of Play

On 4-5 June and 7-8 July the latest trilateral technical meetings at expert level took place.

Following the mandate set out in the Minsk Declaration of 12 February 2015 and the Joint Operational Conclusions of May of this year, three areas were discussed: technical regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues and customs cooperation.

The aim was to make further progress towards practical solutions concerning Russia's concerns about the implementation of the EU-Ukraine DCFTA as of 1 January 2016.

Whilst the joint expert report still contains divergent positions, some progress was made especially in the areas of technical regulations and customs, although difficulties remain in the so called sanitary and phytosanitary field.

Trilateral talks will continue. The joint expert report will be the basis for a trilateral meeting at ministerial level in Brussels scheduled for 7 September 2015.

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