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Political relations between Ukraine and Ireland
01 June 2020 18:32

1. Recognition of Ukraine: 31 December 1991.

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: 1 April 1992.

3. Diplomatic missions: Embassy of Ukraine to Ireland, Embassy of Ireland to Ukraine.

4. Political dialogue

Ireland remains steadfast in its position in support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, condemning Russia's actions, in particular the illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and Russian backing of illegal armed groups in Donbas.

On 3 April 2014 the Dáil Éireann adopted a relevant motion.

On 27 January 2015 Ireland became the 14th EU country to ratify the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.

Ireland is a co-sponsor to a number UN GA resolutions initiated by Ukraine, including on “Territorial integrity of Ukraine”, “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine”, “Problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as parts of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov”, and supports Ukraine within other major international organisations.

High-level contacts in 2015-2021:

16-17 July 2015 – official visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, Mr. Charles Flanagan, to Ukraine.

27-28 June 2018 – official visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mr. Pavlo Klimkin, to Ireland.

5 December 2019, Bratislava – bilateral meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mr. Vadym Prystaiko, and the Tánaiste and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, Mr. Simon Coveney, at the 26th OSCE Ministerial Council.

19 May 2020 – telephone call between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mr. Dmytro Kuleba, and the Tánaiste and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, Mr. Simon Coveney.

21 April 2021 – online meeting between the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ms. Emine Dzhaparova, and the Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Mr. Niall Burgess.

11 June 2021 – online meeting between the Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Mr. Ihor Zhovkva, and the Assistant Secretary for International and European Affairs at the Department of the Taoiseach of Ireland, Ms. Helen Blake.

30 June 2021 – online meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mr. Dmytro Kuleba, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Defence of Ireland, Mr. Simon Coveney.

12 rounds of bilateral political consultations were held by Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The last one took place on 25 November 2019 in Dublin.

5. Parliamentary cooperation

6-9 October 2005 - official visit of the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann, Mr. Rory O'Hanlon, to Ukraine.

23-24 March 2010 – official visit of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Mr. Volodymyr Lytvyn, to Ireland.

8-11 October 2013 – official visit of the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann, Mr. Seán Barrett, to Ukraine.

10 October 2014 – visit of the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann, Mr. Seán Barrett, to Ukraine.

29 February 2016 – bilateral meeting between the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Mr. Volodymyr Groysman, and the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann, Mr. Seán Barrett, within the framework of the Ukrainian Week in the European Parliament.

Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Ireland – Sviatoslav Yurash, MP.

The appointment of a Convenor of the Irish delegation to the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Ukraine is expected shortly. Until February 2020, this position was held by Senator Maria Byrne.

6. Legal framework

Number of bilateral documents: 7.

Key documents: Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations of 1st April 1992; Convention between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Ireland for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and Capital Gains and the accompanying Protocol thereto.

7. Trade between Ukraine and Ireland

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, the total volume of trade in goods and services in 2020 decreased by 5.9% compared to 2019 and amounted to 677 million USD. (0.8% of the total volume of trade in goods and services of Ukraine with EU member states). Exports of goods amounted to 94.4 million USD or 61.6% compared to 2019, imports of goods reached 209 million USD or 123.3%. Exports of services amounted to 112.6 million USD or 126% compared to 2019, imports of services - 261 million USD or 83%.

The total volume of trade in goods and services in the first quarter of 2021 decreased by 15.8% compared with the first quarter. 2020 and amounted to 176.5 million USD. Exports of goods amounted to 40.3 million USD or 76.4% compared to the corresponding period of 2020, imports of goods - 47 million USD or 82.5%. Exports of services amounted to 24 million USD or 72%, imports of services - 64.7 million USD or 97.5%.

The main branches of trade and economic cooperation have traditionally been agriculture, pharmaceuticals, food industry, machinery and more. In the field of services the main volumes of trade were transport, computer and telecommunications, as well as business services.

The largest groups of exports of goods from Ukraine to Ireland in 2020 were: a) grain, the volume of trade in which amounted to 81.2 million USD or 60.6% of the volume in 2019; b) mineral fuel: oil and oil products - 4.4 million USD (43.4%); c) residues and waste from the food industry - $ 1.3 million USD (89.8%); d) ferrous metals - 1.3 million USD (49.3%); e) fertilizers - 0.9 million USD; f) wood and wood products - $ 0.8 million USD (144%).

The largest volumes of imports of goods from Ireland were recorded in trade in a) pharmaceutical products with a volume of 111.0 million USD (140)% of the volume of the corresponding period in 2019); b) food - 24.63 million USD (108%);
c) alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and vinegar - 17.5 million USD (149%);
d) optical and photographic devices - 13.59 million USD (96%).

The total volume of trade in goods and services in the first quarter. In 2021, it decreased by 15.8% in accordance with the first quarter of 2020 and amounted to 176.5 million USD. Exports of goods amounted to 40.3 million USD dollars or 76.4% compared to the corresponding period of 2020, imports of goods - 47 million USD or 82.5%. Exports of services amounted to 24 million USD or 72%, imports of services - 64.7 million USD or 97.5%.

Ireland's investment in Ukraine currently does not exceed 1% of total foreign direct investment in Ukraine. The volume of foreign direct investment from Ireland decreased significantly in 2020 due to the pandemic (2019 - 39.7 million USD, 2020 - 7.8 million USD).

Rayanair, Hermitage Genetics, Origin Enterprises (Agrii Ukraine) and CRH Ukraine are among the most powerful Irish companies currently operating in Ukraine. , which includes plants of PJSC "Podolsky Cement"(Kamyanets-Podilsky), Cement LLC (Odessa),PJSC "Mykolayivcement" (Lviv region), as well as the company "Polybeton", PJSC "Bila Tserkva Plant ZBK" and PJSC "Bekhiv Specialized Quarry".

The international company Aptiv, which specializes in the production of auto parts and is a partner of the world's leading brands Volkswagen, BMW, Renaut, Audi, Fiat and Porsche, already has three partner plants in Vinnytsia, Chernivtsi and Ivano-Frankivsk. Currently, the company is preparing to launch its own plant for the production of electric cable products for Volkswagen Group cars in Cherkasy, and is already looking for new production sites in Central Ukraine to expand its business.

8. Ukrainians in Ireland

The “Association of Ukrainians in the Republic of Ireland” was established in 2008.

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