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Ukraine and Denmark
10 December 2020 11:00

Our relationship

Diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Kingdom of Denmark are approaching their 30th anniversary. Denmark recognized Ukraine on 31 December 1991, and relations between the two countries were established on 12 February 1992.

Relationship between our states are open and constructive. Denmark regards Ukraine as a large and important partner in the Eastern European region. Ukraine regards Denmark as one of the key partners in the Nordic region, the European Union and NATO.

Denmark is building ties with Ukraine in line with the European Neighbourhood Policy. It actively lobbied for the establishment of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area between Ukraine and the EU and has consistently supported the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian nationals to the Schengen area.

Ukraine is committed to further economic and political integration with the European Union, is interested in the full implementation and further adaptation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and looks forward to deeper integration of sectoral policies in energy, justice, digital economy and customs. In all these areas, there is a serious potential for bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Denmark.

Denmark contributes to the support of democratic development and reform of Ukraine through the implementation of the Danish Neighbourhood Program (DANEP), which provides funding for projects in Ukraine under two thematic objectives: 1) Promoting human rights and democracy; 2) Strengthening sustainable and inclusive economic growth. In particular, Denmark runs The European Union Anti-Corruption Initiative (EUACI).

Denmark has extensive experience in green energy technologies and advises the Ukrainian government on energy efficiency. To this end, the Ukrainian-Danish Energy Centre has been operating in Ukraine since 2015, dealing with sustainable energy supply, strategic energy planning, energy efficiency and creating a favourable environment for investment in sustainable energy in Ukraine.

Denmark is unique in that it is the only Scandinavian country that is a member of the EU and a member of NATO. The Air Force of Ukraine performed tasks for Denmark in Northern Greenland. Danish military advisers share valuable experience with the Ukrainian Armed Forces in order to reform them in line with NATO standards. In addition, they support the activities of Canadian and British military training missions in Ukraine. Denmark is a contributor to three NATO Trust Funds in Ukraine.

Two countries seek to have well-developed fruitful trade relations. In recent years, they have significantly increased their volume of trade. There are more than 300 Danish companies operating in Ukraine in various sectors of the economy. The interest of Danish industry is constantly growing in starting a business in Ukraine, whose economy is growing against the background of the development of the agricultural sector, IT and increasing domestic consumption.

The interests of Ukraine and Denmark coincide in many areas. These primarily concerns strengthening civil society, protecting human rights, creating conditions for attracting investment, improving energy efficiency, maintaining environmental balance, ensuring cyber resilience, etc.

This promotes an active political dialogue that takes place mostly at the level of foreign ministers. Denmark has a clear pro-Ukrainian position on the assessment of Russia’s temporary occupation of Crimea and Donbas and has consistently called for continued sanctions against Russia.

During the diplomatic relations, the President of Ukraine paid two visits to Denmark in 2007 and 2017. In addition, the President of Ukraine took part in the Ukraine-EU summit held in Copenhagen in 2002 during the Danish EU presidency.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada paid official visits to Denmark in 1999 and 2009. Speakers of the Folketing visited Ukraine in 2005, 2015 and 2016. The Prime Minister of Ukraine paid a visit to Denmark in 2018, during which the heads of government of both countries opened the second International Ukraine Reform Conference. The Prime Minister of Denmark visited Ukraine in 2016, and the Deputy Prime Minister – in 2008.

Members of the Danish Royal Family also visited Ukraine during numerous visits. In particular, HRH The Crown Prince Frederick paid a private visit to Ukraine in 2003 and 2012, HRH Prince Joachim in 1992. Prince Joachim’s official visit to Ukraine took place in 2006, and Crown Prince Frederick’s in 2011.

Ukraine and Denmark are aspiring to establish strong ties not only at a high level, but also at the level of ordinary people. Twinning relations are maintained between the Ukrainian capital and the Danish city of Odense, which began in 1989. A Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between Lviv and Aarhus was signed. The establishment of the Ukrainian-Danish Youth House in Kyiv opens new prospects for the development of people-to-people contacts between our countries at the level of young people.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Copenhagen was opened in 1995. The Danish Embassy in Kyiv has been operating in Kyiv since 1992 (it was closed for a short period in 2002-2005). Both diplomatic missions play an important role in maintaining and strengthening ties between Ukraine and Denmark.

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