Cooperation on digital economy, aimed on further integration, is one of the key priority areas in Ukraine – EU dialogue. It is based on the provisions of the Ukraine – EU Association Agreement and mutual commitments, achieved at the meetings of the Ukraine – EU Summit and bilateral Association bodies.
Ukraine initiated dialogue with the EU concerning updating of the list of the EU legislative acts that should be implemented in Ukraine due to the Appendix XVII-3 of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. Within this framework in August 2018 Ukraine had conveyed to the European Commission the draft Roadmap on Ukraine’s integration into the EU Digital Single Market. This marked a start of a structured cooperation that included several phases:
Following Ukrainian initiative, in 2020 Ukraine and the EU started joint work on mutual recognition of the electronic trust services, that is important for further cross-border cooperation on services.
Cooperation on e-Governance
Ukraine consistently works on the introduction of digital technologies in all spheres of economic and social life and, in particular, on the development of e-government. The project of the Ministry of Digital Transformation "Diia" includes a wide range of initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency and transparency of public authorities, the availability of administrative services online, digital skills and others.
Development of e-governance is an integral part of the Ukraine – EU bilateral cooperation in digital area. The EU continiously supports development of e-governance in Ukraine and provides technical assistance for implementation of the projects in this area, playing an important role in the digital transformation of Ukraine.
On 11 February, 2020, Ukraine and the EU had signed an agreement for a €25 million EU programme supporting e-governance and digital economy in Ukraine. The program will support the development of “Diia” system and e-services, ensuring interoperability, improving the system of registers, development of cybersecurity, broadband and mobile Internet, electronic identification technologies.
Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine: https://thedigital.gov.ua
Presentation of “Diia” system: https://plan2.diia.gov.ua/en/
Agreement on the EU programme supporting e-governance and digital economy in Ukraine (on website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine): https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/984_001-20