Trade and Sustainable Development Council: Formality or prospects for real work?
On June 13, 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine created the Trade and Sustainable Development Council, including its mandate and membership. The Council is a consultative body for the Government created to commence the work of the Advisory Group on Sustainable Development and nominate experts for the Group of Experts under articles 299 and 301 of the Association Agreement.
The Advisory Group on Sustainable Development should have been created some time ago, since the group on European side is ready to work. During the last year’s Civil Society Forum the Ukrainian group was represented by an ad-hoc delegation. The decision by the Government gives some hope for progress on this issue, yet it is unclear how quickly the Trade & Sustainable Development Council, comprising 26 (!) members, can move to start operation of the Advisory Group.