During a visit to Kyiv yesterday, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Olivér Várhelyi announced the disbursement of a further €500 million in EU budget support to Ukraine.
This disbursement will support housing solutions, education, and improve food security through support to the farming sector in Ukraine following the signature of the Financing Agreement on the margins of the EU-Ukraine Association Council on 5 September.
During his third official mission to Ukraine, Commissioner Várhelyi met members of the government and representatives of the Verkhovna Rada to discuss EU support and reforms identified in the Commission’s Opinion on Ukraine’s membership application.
“Ukraine has our highest respect for fighting for independence and democracy while simultaneously working on the reforms to advance on its EU path. I am pleased to see that the candidate country status has already created positive reform momentum, particularly in the areas of anti-corruption and justice sector reform. The substantial work ahead to be done also includes tackling the vested interests and finalising the legal framework for national minorities. At the same time, the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area remains essential to further integrate Ukraine with the EU,” said Commissioner Várhelyi.
During his stay, the Commissioner will also visit projects financed by the European Union, meet with local residents and participate in the distribution of in-kind assistance for displaced populations in Ukraine.
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