Brussels
13 June 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Ukraine’s lack of reform progress concerns EU


EU officials are disappointed by Ukraine’s progress in reforming its intellectual property laws, describing the outcome of a meeting with stakeholders as “not encouraging”.

In a statement on Monday (12 June), the delegation of the EU to Ukraine described the current situation as causing “irreparable damage to the legitimate interests of thousands of local and international right holders”.

“Eighteen months after the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) came into force, most of the legislation needed to reform this sector, in line with Ukraine’s commitments in the DCFTA, has still not been submitted to the [parliament] Verkhovna Rada by the government.”

Ukrainian officials met with the EU’s delegation on 8 June to discuss the country’s progress in reforming its IP laws. But despite the meeting attracting high interest among stakeholders, the outcome was “not encouraging”.

The delegation said that adoption of the laws would better integrate Ukraine into the global trading system and attract foreign investment, preventing further losses for rights holders.

However, the delegation pointed out that Ukraine has made some progress in the fight against internet piracy, adopting a law on cinematography that introduces better controls for preventing illegal content being shown on websites in Ukraine.

“The activities of the cyber police to enforce the law in good cooperation with international colleagues is very encouraging,” the delegation said, “the EU can only hope that this good example can be followed in the other areas in this sector in future.”

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