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On the 15 th of 1993, pursuant to Resolution No. 730 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, dated 15 September 1993, an Inter-Departmental Commission for Issues of the Accession of Ukraine to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade was established, and on the 30 th of November Ukraine submitted an official application to the GATT Secretariat. The formal process of accession may be regarded as having been commenced with the establishment of the Working Party on the Accession of Ukraine to GATT on 17 th of December 1993, which Working Party is currently chaired by Mario Matus, the Ambassador of Chile to the WTO (the previous Chairmen of the Working Party were: Andrew Stoler, the USA, and Sergio Marki, Canada). Presently, the Working Party of Ukraine includes 42 Members of the WTO (see the Table.), but their number can change. Members of the Working Party on the Accession of Ukraine to the WTO

(from the 1 st of May 2004, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, which were earlier separate Members of the Working Party, acceded to the European Communities)

Argentina

Canada

Paraguay

Australia

Kyrgyzstan

Peru

Brasilia

China

Romania

Bulgaria

Columbia

Salvador

Honduras

Republic of Korea

USA

Georgia

Cuba

Thailand

Djibouti

Malaysia

Taiwan

Dominican Republic

Morocco

Turkey

Ecuador

Mexico

Hungary

European Communities and
Member States

Moldova

Uruguay

Egypt

Mongolia

Croatia

Israel

New Zeeland

Switzerland

India

Norway

Sri Lanka

Iceland

Panama

Japan

Meetings of the Working Party are the main elements of the WTO accession process, at which meetings intermediary results are summed up and the degree of preparedness of a candidate for WTO membership is determined. Sixteen official meetings of the Working Party on the Accession of Ukraine to the WTO have been held over 13 years (sometimes, informal meetings have been held). The summary of the issues and matters that have been considered and the resolutions that have been passed at each of the meetings are set forth below.




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