An unprecedented initiative to support a country in state of war. Europe is discussing this measure

The Commission proposed on Wednesday the abolition of all customs duties on Ukrainian goods entering the European Union for one year in order to support the economy of the country attacked by Russia.

The European Commission said in a statement that this proposal, which should be approved by the European Parliament and the 27 member states, is an “unprecedented gesture of support for a country in war”.

On Monday, Britain announced the abolition of customs duties on all goods imported from Ukraine, according to AFP.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she initiated this measure after discussions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“We both agree on the fundamental importance of the suspension of customs duties in supporting the Ukrainian economy,” he said in the statement.

Bilateral trade between the European Union and Ukraine reached € 52 billion last year, according to the European Commission, a figure that has doubled since 2016.

But since the end of February and the beginning of the war by Russia, Ukraine’s agricultural and industrial production has been severely affected, as have its trade relations with the rest of the world, especially when the Russian Navy terminated its operations. ports.

Ukraine’s gross domestic product is likely to drop by 35% questyear, according to International Monetary Fund estimates published on April 19.

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