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The 5th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform took place on 15 November 2017 in Kyiv. During the meeting, a debate was held assessing the state of play in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and two reports, prepared by both sides, were discussed and adopted – on the Progress in the implementation of Euro-integration reforms in the field of Science and Technology, and on The rights of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). A Joint Declaration was adopted at the end of the meeting to be forwarded to the EU-Ukraine Association Council, the Association Committee, the Parliamentary Association Committee and other relevant bodies both in Ukraine as well as in the EU.

Declaration by
Christa Schweng, EESC President, Pietro Francesco de Lotto, President of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change section, Dimitris Dimitriadis, President of the External Relations Section
European Economic and Social Committee

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) welcomes the Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Partnership on Critical Raw Materials and Batteries signed on 13 July by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, on behalf of the European Union, and Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine.
'This Partnership will play a key role in enhancing cooperation in the domain of critical raw materials and battery value chains and will represent a step forward in deepening the integration of the respective value chains' Christa Schweng, the EESC president said.