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Chapter 19: Development and Administration of Measures – Text of the 2023 Canada - Ukraine Free Trade Agreement

The 2017 CUFTA will remain in force until entry into force of the 2023 modernized agreement. Until such time, please refer to the 2017 CUFTA text for information on the existing trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine.

Article 19.1: Definitions

For the purposes of this Chapter:

authorization means the granting of permission by a competent authority to a person to supply a service or to pursue any other economic activity;

competent authority means a national or sub-national government of a Party, as defined in Article 1.6 (Country-specific Definitions), or non-governmental body in the exercise of powers delegated by a national or sub-national government of a Party, that grants an authorisation;

licensing procedures means administrative or procedural rules, including for the amendment or renewal of a licence, that must be adhered to in order to demonstrate compliance with licensing requirements;

licensing requirements means substantive requirements, other than qualification requirements, that must be complied with in order to obtain, amend, or renew an authorisation;

qualification procedures means administrative or procedural rules that must be adhered to in order to demonstrate compliance with qualification requirements; and

qualification requirements means substantive requirements relating to competency that must be complied with in order to obtain, amend, or renew an authorisation.

Article 19.2: Scope

1. This Chapter applies to measures adopted or maintained by a Party with respect to licensing requirements, licensing procedures, qualification requirements, or qualification procedures relating to:

2. This Chapter does not apply to the aspects of a measure set out in an entry to a Party's Schedule to Annex I, or to a measure that a Party adopts or maintains with respect to sectors, sub-sectors, or activities as set out by that Party in its Schedule to Annex II.

Article 19.3: Right to Regulate

The Parties recognize the right of each Party to regulate economic activity within its territory with regard to any matter under this Chapter in order to meet its legitimate policy objectives.

Article 19.4: Development of Licensing and Qualification Requirements and Procedures

1. If a Party adopts or maintains a measure within the scope of this Chapter, the Party shall, with respect to that measure:

2. The Parties recognise that the exercise of statutory discretion conferred on a minister with respect to a decision on the granting of an authorization in the public interest is not inconsistent with subparagraph 1(a)(ii), provided that it is exercised consistently with the object of the applicable statute and not in an arbitrary manner, and that this exercise is not otherwise inconsistent with this Agreement.

3. If a Party develops regulations relating to licensing requirements, licensing procedures, qualification requirements, or qualification procedures, the Party shall endeavour to undertake a regulatory impact assessment, as provided in Chapter 26 (Good Regulatory Practices). The regulatory impact assessment shall take into consideration:

Article 19.5: Administration of Licensing and Qualification Requirements and Procedures

1. Each Party shall ensure that its measures of general application within the scope of this Chapter are administered in a reasonable, objective, and impartial manner.

2. Each Party shall ensure that licensing and qualification procedures used by the competent authority and decisions of the competent authority in the authorisation process are impartial with respect to all applicants. The competent authority should reach its decisions in an independent manner and, in particular, should not be accountable to any person supplying a service or pursuing any other economic activity for which the authorization is required.

3. To the extent practicable, each Party shall avoid requiring an applicant to approach more than one competent authority for each application for authorisation. For greater certainty, a Party may require multiple applications for authorisation if a service or any other economic activity is within the jurisdiction of multiple competent authorities.

4. If a Party requires an authorisation, the competent authority of the Party shall:

5. Each Party shall ensure that an authorisation is granted as soon as the competent authority determines that the conditions for the authorisation have been met, and once granted, that the authorisation enters into effect without undue delay, in accordance with its terms and conditions.Footnote 3

6. If an application for an authorisation is considered incomplete, a Party's competent authority shall, within a reasonable period of time, to the extent practicable:

7. If a Party's competent authority rejects an application for an authorisation, it shall inform the applicant in writing, including by electronic means, and within a reasonable timeframe from the submission of an application. Upon request of the applicant, the Party's competent authority shall also inform the applicant of the reasons the application was rejected and of the timeframe for an appeal or review against the decision. An applicant should be permitted, within reasonable time limits, to resubmit an application.

Article 19.6: Fees

1. Each Party shall ensure that the authorisation fee charged by a competent authority is reasonable, transparent, and does not restrict the supply of the relevant service or the pursuit of any other economic activity. Having regard to the cost and administrative burden, each Party is encouraged to accept payment of authorisation fees by electronic means.

2. Authorisation fees do not include fees for the use of natural resources, royalties, payments for auction, tendering, or other non-discriminatory means of awarding concessions or mandated contributions to provide a universal service.

Article 19.7: Review of Administrative Decisions

Each Party shall maintain or institute judicial, arbitral, or administrative tribunals or procedures that provide, at the request of a service supplier of a Party, as defined in Article 18.1 (Cross-Border Trade in Services – Definitions) or an investor of a Party, as defined in Article 17.1 (Investment – Definitions), a prompt review of, and if justified, appropriate remedies for, administrative decisions relating to the scope of this Chapter. If the review procedures are not independent of the competent authority entrusted with the administrative decision concerned, each Party shall ensure that the review procedures are applied in a way that provides for an objective and impartial review.

Article 19.8: Transparency

1. If a Party requires an authorisation, the Party shall promptly publishFootnote 5, or otherwise make publicly available in writing, the information necessary to comply with the requirements and procedures for obtaining, maintaining, amending, and renewing that authorisation. This information includes, if it exists:

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