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Meeting of Estonia-Ukraine Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Industrial, Technical and Scientific Co-operation Takes Place

19.11.2010

No. 60-TT

On Thursday, 18 November, the first meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers on Economic, Industrial, Technical and Scientific Co-operation took place in Tallinn.

The first meeting of the joint commission was led by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs Marina Kaljurand and Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Industrial Policy Sergei Bilenki. Representatives of the Estonian and Ukrainian ministries and several experts also participated in the meeting.

The first meeting of the Estonia-Ukraine joint intergovernmental commission was a continuation of the visit by Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on 5 October. The session of the intergovernmental commission indicates a new stage in the development of bilateral relations and a deepening of direct contacts between the corresponding institutions in the two nations.

Co-operation between Ukraine and the European Union was discussed at the meeting. Other topics addressed were Estonia-Ukraine bilateral relations in trade relations and reciprocal investment opportunities. In addition, the parties discussed co-operation in information technology, as well as opportunities to intensify co-operation in biotechnology, agriculture, education and research, space technology, and environmental and energy matters. Other topics of discussion were development co-operation, Eastern Partnership, and questions and problems raised by Ukrainian businesses working in Estonia.

The Agreement on Economic, Industrial, Technical and Scientific Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers came into effect on 24 September 2008.

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