The Ukrainian and European Domestic Advisory Groups (DAGs) under EU-Ukraine Association Agreement met on 14 November 2018 in Kiev during the Second Civil Society Forum devoted to the implementation of the provisions of Chapter 13 "Trade and Sustainable Development" of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the Association Agreement).

The participants were informed by the representatives of the government authorities of Ukraine and the European Commission on the joint statement of the EU-Ukraine Subcommittee on Trade and Sustainable Development (hereinafter referred to as the Subcommittee).

During the Forum, the discussions took place on the issues related to trade and employment, environment, sustainable forest management and other issues related to trade and sustainable development.

 The representatives of the EU civil society emphasized the role of values and principles of democracy, such as freedom of speech, the prevention and fight against corruption, access to information and justice, and the observance of high social and environmental standards in the framework of the EU trade and investment policy towards Ukraine.

This report is prepared specifically for managers in the field of social policy, law and other related spheres. It is aimed at strengthening the expert capacity of the Government and authorities to implement anti-discrimination directives; as well as expert support of their implementation by the executive authorities in particular, the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine. This analytical report was prepared within the framework of the project «MSP Practices to Strengthen Expert Expertise on the Implementation of the «Anti-Discrimination» EU Directives» with the support of “Civic Synergy Project” with the assistance of the European Union and the International Renaissance Foundation under the umbrella of the Ukrainian Side of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform and Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

   Advisory group of Ukraine on Sustainable Development was created according to the requirements of Article 299 of the Association Agreement between Ukraine on the one hand and the European Union in order to facilitate the implementation of the provisions of Chapter 13 "Trade and sustainable development" of the Association Agreement. To this end, the Advisory Group: expresses its position and makes recommendations on matters related to the implementation of Chapter 13 of the Trade and Sustainable Development of the Association Agreement. Recommendations could be provided on its own initiative or at the request of the EU-Ukraine Subcommittee on Trade and Sustainable Development or the Trade and Sustainable Development Board or an expert group set up under the provisions of Article 301 of the Association Agreement.
   In order to prepare its statements or recommendations, the Advisory Group may identify from its staff responsible persons who can hold consultations with scientists, independent experts, representatives of Ukrainian, European, international and other organizations that have the appropriate authority and experience and are not part of the Advisory group.

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