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Ukrainian Positions on Free Trade with the EU

Julia Langbein

Deutsche Fassung


Ukraine is negotiating with the EU on a comprehensive free-trade agreement. The east European country is to adopt the regulations of the EU internal market; in exchange, trade barriers such as tariffs will be dismantled. Those op-posed to this include all those who profit from an opaque and corruption-ridden economics policy and those who could be exposed to greater competitive pressure. In the administrative apparatus, opposition is enormous. The interests of big business by contrast are manifold. Their position on the free-trade agreement is therefore ambivalent, like that of Ukraine’s political parties.

(Osteuropa 2-4/2010, pp. 359–372)