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very pleased to welcome Ukraine as a new member. It is a significant step
for the WTO as this new membership will strengthen the multilateral trading
system. We will continue facilitating fuller integration into the world
economy of other countries” said Director General Pascal Lamy.
The terms of membership, which include the Working Party Report for
Ukraine's Accession, the Protocol of Accession, and the Schedules of
Ukraine's commitments on Market Access for Goods and Services, were adopted
by the WTO at the General Council in February 2008.
Ukraine ratified its accession package on 16 April 2008 which was the final
step in the accession process before it could officially join the WTO. Under
WTO rules, a country becomes a member 30 days after national ratification.
Ukraine, Europe’s second largest country by area, is a land of agriculture
and heavy industry with a population of 46.6 million people. Its main
trading partners are the EC, Russia, Turkey, Belarus and the US.
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