Thanks to 18 new work processes and services, they are able to structure their activities more efficiently and achieve better results, which will enable them to accelerate the implementation of the reforms necessary for EU convergence. While work on signing a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU first began in 1999, formal negotiations between the Ukrainian government and the European Commissioner for Trade did not start until 18 February 2008.  Until May 2011, there remained three outstanding issues that needed to be resolved under the free trade agreement: quotas for Ukrainian grain exports, access to the EU services market, and geographical names of Ukrainian raw materials. Beyond these problems, the agreement was ready.  Despite these outstanding issues, Ukraine was ready to sign the agreement in its current form. [how?] These include equal rights for workers, measures for visa-free travel of persons, exchange of information and personnel in the field of justice, modernisation of Ukraine`s energy infrastructure, access to the European Investment Bank and a large number of others. . . .
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