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ITFC co-organizes a professional conference on Association Agreement

18 March 2015

On 20 March 2015 ITFC jointly with Ukrainian Bar Association co-organizes a professional conference “Association agreement: for all and sundry”. For more information about the conference, please contact Viktoriya Krasnova by phone: +380 (44) 492-8848  or e-mail:



Registration / Coffee


Welcome addresses

Session 1

Association Agreement: from A to Z

09:20 – 11:10

Moderator – Sergii Koziakov, Head of High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine


Prof. Dr.  Victor Muravyov,Head of the Department of Comparative and European Law at the Institute of International Relations, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University

Topic: General overview. Historical background


Prof. Dr. Roman Petrov, Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Topic: Place of Agreement in Ukrainian legislation


Mykola Kuzyo, First deputy director of the Government office for European integration

Topic: Harmonization of legislation: a common approach




Coffee break

Session 2

Panel discussion: Association Agreement – first hand officially

11:40 – 12:20

Moderator – Nataliya Mykolska, counsel at Sayenko Kharenko


Discussion participants:

Elena Zerkal, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine on European Integration

Valeriy Pyatnytsky, advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine

Discussed topics:

  • Top-priority reforms in Ukraine for effective application of Association Agreement 

  • Particularities of bilateral trade mode under the prolonged application of Title IV of Agreement

  • Implementation of Agreement institutional provisions 

  • Approaches to Ukrainian legislation alignment with EU standards, amendments to annexes to the Agreement in the void directives/regulations part  

  • Implementation of governmental programme on duplicating of Ukrainian export until 2019, “the strategy of offensive policy of the Ukrainian Trade representative’s office”, new agreements on free trade

Session 3

Panel discussion: Ukrainian export to EU: pioneers’ practical experience

12:20 – 14:00

Moderator – Lana Sinichkina, partner at Arzinger


Discussion participants:

Alyona Anufriyenko, deputy legal director at OJSC Myronivsky Hliboproduct

Tetyana Moroko, Legal director at PJSC Bel Shostka Ukraine

Kateryna Onul, counsel at International Financial Corporation

Vladimir Zavadovsky, director at GALS LTD

Igor Chervak, Country Manager (Ukraine & Russia), Lantmannen Cerealia

Discussed topics:

  • EU market vs alternative export markets

  • Preferential treatment: Ukraine – EU

  • Procedure of export to EU: stages and difficulties 

  • Approaches and competences of regulatory authorities: Ukraine vs EU

  • Experience of cooperation with retail chains and wholesale dealers: EU vs Ukraine 

  • Association Agreement Ukraine-EU: perspectives and companies’ plans


14:00 – 15:00

Session 4

15:00 – 16:20


Public procurement


Moderator – Mariya Nizhnik, partner at Aequo

IT and e-commerce

Moderator - Nazar Chernyavskiy,

partner at Sayenko Kharenko


Stehen Bruno-Nielson – expert at EU Project “Harmonization of Competition and State Procurement Systems in Ukraine with EU Standards“

Topic: Roadmap. Initial commitments and potential impact assessment

Taras Oliynyk, deputy head of State Agency for e-governance(Recognition of Ukrainian e-signatures in Europe)

Topic: Is Ukrainian market ready to e-trade according to EU rules?


Speaker TBC

Topic: WTO’s agreement on public procurement on the way to EU market. Institutional reform, reconsideration of decisions

Severin Loffler, Associate Counsel for CEE, Microsoft

Topic: Sybersecurity, Privacy, Cloud Standards in EU


Speaker TBC

Topic: Obtaining of mutual access to public procurement markets by the example of EU-member state

Iryna Kolos, deputy head of legal at MMI group, member of Financial and Legal Committee of Association "IT Ukraine" (Why and how to implement EU legislation on rights to computer software)

Topic: How to make Ukraine an attractive jurisdiction for developing of software and other media products?




Coffee break

Session 5

16:40 – 18:00


Banking, financial and insurance law   

Moderator - Iryna Marushko, partner at Lavrynovych & Partners

Trade with EU finished goods – rules and practice

Moderator – Tetiana Gryn, senior lawyer at Asters


Evgeniya Kanina, director at payment service provider TYME - Topic TBC

Speaker TBC

Topic: Trade preferences with EU – procedures, documents, trade benefits


Volodymyr Kuzyo, member of the board at Idea Bank

Topic TBC

Speaker TBC

Topic: Foods origin rules – goods certification in Ukraine; which goods are considered to be produced in EU; EU and worldwide trade benefits


Olena Pelypenko, Consultant at ILF

Topic: Transparency of banking regulation in Ukraine, prudential supervision / Expected results from the signing of the Agreement

Taras Kachka, President of ACC Ukraine

Topic: Certification / standardization – nontariff trade barriers; perspectives; Agreement on compliance assessment    




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