EU Provides $42 Million For Institutional Reforms In Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Commission has adopted an assistance package to support the Ukrainian government in their institutional reform efforts in several key areas, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade area, sanitation, state aid and migration.

Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy.

The Annual Action Program 2011 worth €30 million ($42 million) will be provided through targeted capacity development support, enabling a limited number of core institutions to better perform their roles and functions.

Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, said the aid was to support efforts of the Ukrainian government to progress in key reforms, particularly in public administration.

He described it as an important step toward concluding negotiations on the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which hopefully would happen in the course of this year.

"These agreements will bring substantial benefits for both Ukrainian and EU citizens," he added.

The assistance package has been committed from the 2011 EU budget for the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument, which is the main source of EU support for the partner neighboring states along the Eastern border of the EU and the Mediterranean.

The National Indicative Program 2011-2013 for Ukraine identifies three priority areas of co-operation: Good governance and the rule of law, facilitation of the entry into force of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, and sustainable development.

Building on the successful work already accomplished within the European Neighborhood Policy, the Eastern Partnership offers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine the prospect of political association and economic integration with the EU.

Source: RTT News