Thank you for consulting the European Commission on the new draft law of Ukraine setting up an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme. I welcome your efforts to develop a modern customs legislation based on World Customs Organization standards and the EU customs legislation.
The European Commission and Member States assisted your experts in drafting the Ukrainian AEO legislation. It helped to ensure, as our initial assessment confirms, that the draft law is in line with the spirit and the principles of the EU AEO legislation.
Defining the modalities of the implementation of the legislation will be crucial for a successful establishment of a Ukrainian AEO programme. We recommend that the implementing provisions and practical guidelines for officials and the business community should also be developed on the basis of WCO standards and EU legislation, guidelines and best practices.
The European Commission stands ready to advise and assist the Ministry of Finance and the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in this work, through the established cooperation fora under the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Trade Area and the Strategic Framework for EU-Ukraine Customs Cooperation.