Ukraine – EU High Level Industrial Dialogue

As a result of external aggression, the Ukrainian industrial complex suffered huge losses. One of the further incentives for the recovery of the Ukrainian industry is involvement in global, European and regional supply chains and development of cooperation with enterprises of the EU member states.

For this purpose, in 2016, agreements were reached with the EU to launch of the High-Level Dialogue Ukraine-EU on Horizontal Issues and Specific Industrial Sectors (hereinafter – the Industrial Dialogue).

The parties consider the Industrial Dialogue as an instrument for enhanced cooperation between Ukraine and the EU, which, along with traditional mechanisms, also has a strong business component that facilitates direct contacts between business associations of Ukraine and the EU and helps Ukrainian industrialists to interact more easily with colleagues from EU member states, and as a platform for the exchange of information and practical experience on ways to modernize and restructure industry and improve the framework conditions for enterprises, including SMEs.

The Industrial Dialogue activities focuses on two areas: horizontal issues (technical barriers to trade, public procurement, SMEs) and the industry cluster on a sectoral basis (automotive, textile industry, space industry, civil aviation, mining, energy engineering). In October 2017, Ukraine was granted observer status in the European Commission Expert Group on Raw Materials Supply (RMSG).

The objectives of the Industrial Dialogue are:

• promoting the effective solution of problems faced by Ukrainian industry;

• increasing trust between Ukrainian and EU business representatives in order to eliminate negative stereotypes about Ukraine's industrial potential;

• ensuring participation in global, European and regional supply chains, developing cooperation with enterprises of EU member states, as well as studying and applying best practices in order to improve the management of industrial production;

• application of European quality standards in industrial production;

• promoting the involvement of technological and innovative solutions.

The priorities of the Industrial Dialogue are technical regulation as a precondition for concluding the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Goods (ACAA Agreement), public procurement, SMEs, raw materials (mining industry) and civil aviation.

In general, during the five-year working of the Industrial Dialogue:

  • Four annual high-level meetings were held

March 2, 2017

March 27, 2018

March 13, 2019

March 16, 2021

Given the situation with the spread of COVID-19 and the introduction of restrictive measures, the 4th meeting of 2020 was postponed and was held in 2021.

  • As of March 2021, 24 meetings of working groups were held in the field of:
  • Removal of technical barriers to trade and standardization (5 meetings);
  • SMEs (5 meetings);
  • Public procurement (3 meetings);
  • Space industry cooperation (3 meetings);
  • Industrial cooperation in sub-areas: Automotive (2 meetings), Mining (3 meetings), Textiles (1 meeting), Energy engineering (1 meeting), Civil aviation (1 meeting).