In accordance with Article
XII of the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization, an
accession to the WTO is being
carried out on terms to be agreed upon between the government of an applying
country and the WTO.
The process of Ukraine’s
accession to the WTO started on 30th
of November 1993 with forwarding the official application of the Government of
Ukraine on its intention to join the Organisation to
the GATT Secretariat.
been 17 formal meetings and a succession of informal meetings of the Working
Party for consideration of the application of Ukraine for the
accession to the WTO. At the last
meeting, held on January 25, 2008, members of the Working Party adopted the
“accession package” of Ukraine:
the Report of the Working Party, the schedules of specific market access
commitments of Ukraine
in goods and services, a draft decision of the WTO
General Council and a draft Protocol of Accession.
On February 5, 2008, the
accession package was considered and approved by the WTO
General Council. The President of Ukraine and Director General of the WTO signed the Protocol of Accession of Ukraine to
On April 10, 2008, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine
approved the Law of Ukraine No. 250-VI “On Ratification of the Protocol of
Accession of Ukraine to the World Trade Organization”.
On April 16, 2008, the
President of Ukraine signed the Law on the ratification of the Protocol and at
the same day the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine sent an official
notification about this to the WTO.
Starting from that day, the countdown of the 30 days, i.e. the official period
from the notification to the membership in the WTO,
On May 16, 2008, Ukraine became
the 152nd member of the World Trade Organization.
WTO accession is a significant
achievement, which is expected to have a positive impact on the country’s
economic development in the future and result in further liberalization of the
foreign trade, creation of transparent business environment for foreign
implements all its accession commitments, as contained in the Protocol on Ukraine’s
accession to the WTO, as well as
takes an active part in the current Doha Development Agenda negotiations aiming
at facilitating integration of other countries into the world economy.
Detail information on Ukraine's accession and participation
in the WTO