Brussels plans to suspend EU import duties on Ukraine

  • 2022-04-27
  • LETA/AFP/TBT Staff

BRUSSELS - The EU's executive on Wednesday proposed suspending import duties on all products from Ukraine in a bid to help the country's battered economy survive Russia's military assault.

"This far-reaching step is designed to help boost Ukraine's exports to the EU. It will help alleviate the difficult situation of Ukrainian producers and exporters in the face of Russia's military invasion," the European Commission said.

The bloc's economy commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis (New Unity) said the "unprecedented" move -- which needs to be approved by EU lawmakers and its 27 member states -- would help keep Ukraine's economy going.

"This is vital to win the war and recover post-war," he tweeted.

"This shows the EU's unwavering commitment to helping Ukraine in its hour of need."

The proposal from Brussels comes a day after Britain announced it was dropping all tariffs on Ukrainian goods.

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said the step followed discussions with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on how best to aid his country's devastated economy.

The bloc says that its bilateral trade with Ukraine hit a record high of EUR 52 billion euros (USD 55 billion) in 2021.

The International Monetary Fund warned last week that Moscow's onslaught will cause Ukraine's economy to collapse by 35 percent this year.

Zelensky has said Ukraine needs USD 7 billion a month to keep its economy afloat amid the "economic losses" and slumping exports caused by Russia.