Ukraine and European Dairy Association Sign Memorandum to Boost Cooperation and EU Integration

The European Dairy Association and the Union of Dairy Enterprises of Ukraine signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation and fair competition in the dairy sector. The agreement aims to develop Ukraine's dairy industry and accelerate the country's European integration process.

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Ukraine and European Dairy Association Sign Memorandum to Boost Cooperation and EU Integration

Ukraine and European Dairy Association Sign Memorandum to Boost Cooperation and EU Integration

On May 13, 2024, the European Dairy Association (EDA) and the Union of Dairy Enterprises of Ukraine (SMPU) signed a memorandum of understanding, paving the way for cooperation and fair competition in the dairy sector. This significant event is expected to contribute to the development of Ukraine's dairy industry and accelerate the country's European integration process.

Why this matters: This agreement has far-reaching implications for Ukraine's economy and its bid to join the European Union, as a strong dairy industry can contribute significantly to the country's GDP and improve its competitiveness in the global market. Moreover, Ukraine's alignment with EU standards in the dairy sector can set a precedent for other industries, ultimately strengthening the country's case for EU membership.

The memorandum outlines cooperation between the UDPE and the EDA, focusing on facilitating cooperation and fair competition in the dairy sector, promoting the development of the dairy industry in Ukraine, and enhancing European integration of Ukraine's agricultural sector.

Taras Vysotskyi, First Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, emphasized the importance of this agreement, stating, "If the Ukrainian and European dairy sectors agree on cooperation, it will speed up the process of Ukraine's accession to the EU. Therefore, it is important for Ukraine to create equal conditions for producers, to provide them with support, as is the case in the EU."

Viktor Kantsurak, State Secretary of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, highlighted the potential for growth in the sector, noting, "The creation of enterprises for deep processing of milk and production of products with added value should become one of the locomotives of agricultural development of Ukraine."

The Ukrainian government has recently increased support for animal husbandry, including dairy producers, under the "5-7-9 Available Loans" program. Farmers can now take loans of up to UAH 150 million, enabling them to develop economically efficient production.

The signing ceremony was attended by prominent officials, including Oleksandr Haydu, Chairman of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Agrarian and Land Policy; Vadym Chygarnovskyi, Chairman of the Union of Dairy Enterprises of Ukraine; Giuseppe Ambrosi, President of the European Dairy Association; and representatives of specialized associations.

The memorandum of understanding between the European Dairy Association and the Union of Dairy Enterprises of Ukraine marks a crucial step forward in strengthening cooperation and fair competition in the dairy sector. As Ukraine continues to align its agricultural practices with EU standards, this agreement is expected to accelerate the country's European integration process and create new opportunities for growth and development in the dairy industry.

Key Takeaways

  • EDA and SMPU sign MoU for cooperation and fair competition in dairy sector.
  • Agreement to contribute to Ukraine's dairy industry development and EU integration.
  • MoU focuses on cooperation, fair competition, and EU standards in dairy sector.
  • Ukrainian government increases support for dairy producers through loan programs.
  • Agreement expected to accelerate Ukraine's EU integration and dairy industry growth.