On May 19, the European Parliament supported a decision to abolish EU import duties on all Ukrainian exports for a period of one year, - reported in the press service of the EP.
This will completely eliminate the import duty on industrial products, fruits and vegetables, as well as anti-dumping duties and safeguards on steel imports.
This decision was supported by 515 MEPs, 11 abstained, 32 opposed.
"In the face of russian aggression, Ukraine is fighting not only for its freedom and security, but also for the freedom and security of the whole of Europe. Therefore, we must support Ukraine at all levels by all means available to us: not only weapons and sanctions, but also our trade power. Support necessary for Ukraine’s self-defense does not end on the battlefield - it includes ensuring that Ukraine's economy remains stable and competitive," said Sandra Kalniete, permanent rapporteur for Ukraine.
According to the press service of the European Parliament, the European Union is Ukraine's most important trading partner: it accounts for more than 40% of total trade in goods in 2021. Instead, Ukraine is the EU's 15th largest trading partner, accounting for about 1.2% of the EU's total trade.