Today Vice Prime Minister for European and International Integration Hryhoriy Nemyrya met with Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, United Nations Deputy Secretary General Marek Belka, according to the government’s press-office.

The sides discussed cooperation between Ukraine and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE), in particular, in the sphere of energy saving, industrial and transport spheres.

Hryhoriy Nemyrya and Marek Belka focused attention on improving the state of natural environment, strengthening institutional opportunities of the control system in this sphere, introducing efficient control system over the use of natural resources and preservation of the environment.

The sides noted recent beginning of the official negotiating process on the creation of free trade area between the European Union and Ukraine and signing of the protocol on Ukraine’s accession to the WTO.

“We are very satisfied with progress Ukraine made in relations with the European Union,” Marek Belka stated.

The meeting also concerned on the state of implementation by Ukraine a project on resumption of the “Danube River-Black Sea” Deep Water Ship Channel, realization of which is under observation of the UN/ECE.

Note: Ukraine is elected ECE Vice-Governor for the period till 2009 at the 62nd session of the Commission (April 2007). Ambassador M.I. Maimeskul will act as Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UNO Branch and other International Organizations in Geneva.