Ukraine’s government is actively promoting the involvement of non-governmental organizations and business associations in projects to expand business cooperation. On the eve of the "Eastern Partnership" in Vilnius, where Ukraine in late November is expected to sign an Association Agreement with the EU, great importance is attached to the process of strengthening relations with European non-governmental organizations, as well, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul, Ukraine should strengthen its image as an open country. “An important mission is performed by social and professional organizaations, which should initiate and intensify dialogue with non-governmental organizations such as the EU and the Customs Union,” Vilkul said.

The European Economic Senate (EES) reached an agreement with Ukraine on the establishment of a coordination center with a mission to enhance cooperation and investment in Ukraine’s economy. This is important, given the prospects for creation of a comprehensive free trade area between the EU and Ukraine.

Experts say the EES is an influential expert organization in the EU that brings together leading economists, politicians, academics and business leaders. They say the EES can significantly improve representation of domestic Ukrainian producers on the European markets. The European Economic Senate will promote the economic and business interests of Ukraine in the EU by facilitating communication and seeking cooperation with between Ukrainian and European enterprises.

Joint projects in the construction industry are also planned. The EES on Oct. 22 signed a cooperation agreement with Confederation of Builders of Ukraine (CBU). The agreement facilitates the entry of Ukrainian construction companies in the European market by promoting the certification of companies in compliance with environmental standards of construction. Experts say the EEC will contribute to the image of the Ukrainian construction companies as reliable partners for the development of business projects. This, in turn, will attract new investments in the enterprise sector.

"We want to build a bridge between the EU and Ukraine. We want to present Ukraine not through the eyes of the media, but by looking into the eyes of European politicians and businessmen. Ukraine has the potential, and we'll talk about it," Michael Yeager, CEO of the EEC, said.

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