The Civic Synergy Project aims at strengthening public participation in the implementation of European integration reforms in Ukraine through enhancing activities of two pro-European Platforms:

Project is funded by the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) and implemented by the IRF’s European Program Initiative

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Streamlining EU-Ukraine customs procedures


In customs procedures, there is no coherent policy in Ukraine, largely as a result of not having the Customs Service as a separate agency. This is an example of how an institutional issue not covered by the Association Agreement (AA) directly affects the pace of implementation of its provisions on regulatory approximation, in particular, complicates the passage of relevant laws in the Parliament. As a result, Ukraine has not yet fulfilled its “homework” in this area, and accordingly cannot use the prospects offered by the AA: recognition by the EU of authorised economic operators (AEO) and joining the EU Common Transit System (NCTS). In December 2018, the government decided to establish State Customs Service as a separate state body.


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This publication is a part of the policy paper “Integration within Association: implementation dynamics of the EU-Ukraine Agreement”. The policy paper is available in Ukrainian and English languages.


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