Agrochemicals, Consumer Electronics, Regulatory Affairs
Following joint efforts from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, the European Business Association (hereinafter – the Association) and other NGOs, on 14 January 2015 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the Resolution On Approval of the List of Goods Exports and Imports of Which Shall be Subject to Licensing and Quotas for 2015 No.1(hereinafter – the CMU Resolution) that, inter alia, abolished import licenses for plant protection products (hereinafter – PPP) as well as abolished the need to obtain an acknowledgement letter from the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine (hereinafter – the Minecology) on the absence of ozone-depleting substances in goods.
PPP import license cancelation
In the relevant annual Resolution, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the list of products, of which import or export may be restricted to some extent. In particular, hitherto PPP import to Ukraine was subject to licensing. At the same time, it should be noted that this type of licensing in fact was a formal bureaucratic procedure and its prolongation is reasonably doubtful.
The effective regulatory framework provides adequate and sufficient ways to regulate PPP imports ensuring compliance with such principles of state policy in the field of plant protection as state control over plant and human health security, as well as environmental protection (i.e., state PPP registration and market surveillance and control mechanisms) that fully comply with basic EU regulatory principles in this area. Therefore, there is no necessity for additional control measures in the form of PPP import licensing.
Cancelation of the need for obtaining the letters/conclusions from the Minecology on the absence of ozone-depleting substances
At the beginning of each year, importing companies were constantly faced with serious problems during the import of goods, as the annual Resolution of the CMU meant they required letters (conclusions) from the Minecology to confirm the absence of ozone-depleting substances in products or raw materials that were imported into the territory of Ukraine.
Such letters could be obtained through the Minecology only and were always associated with delays in time. Moreover, because of the likelihood of refusal, this procedure included the risk of corruption. Besides, considering the fact that these letters were given through the control of documents, not goods, it was always possible to avoid procedures for licensing the import of products containing ozone-depleting substances.
Adoption of this Resolution is a crucially important step towards deregulation that will improve the business climate and increase the investment attractiveness of Ukraine.
The European Business Association would like to express our gratitude to all who participated in this initiative and wish to share this success with our members.