: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukrainian Cabinet approves draft deal with EU on financing anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a draft agreement between Ukraine and the European Union on financing the project ”EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine.”

Relevant decree No. 884-p of November 23, 2016, was published in the Ukrainian government`s Uriadovy Kurier newspaper.

”To approve the draft agreement on the financing of the project EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine,” the document says.

The government authorized Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze to sign the agreement.

”The implementation of the agreement will allow providing an efficient, professional and independent functioning of the newly established institutions responsible for combating corruption, and training of personnel to the best European practices,” according to the explanatory note to the decree.

Also, as explained, the project funding will be directed to improving parliamentary oversight over the process of reform and the possibilities of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to analyze and improve the strategic and regulatory framework.

In addition, the funds will be directed to the involvement of civil society and the media in the implementation of anti-corruption measures, as well as to cooperate with the concerned local authorities in order to demonstrate the positive changes that can be brought by an effective fight against corruption.

The annotation to the document says that the total budget of the project amounts to EUR 16.34 million, of which EUR 15 million is the contribution of the EU and EUR 1.34 million is a contribution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

The assistance will be provided in the form of specialized short-term and long-term information and advisory support, as well as by providing equipment, events for the exchange of experience, training and analysis.

The project will be carried out mainly in Kyiv, as well as in some regions of Ukraine. The project will start in late 2016 with the direct participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, which has now been involved in the implementation of anti-corruption initiatives in Ukraine in the framework of the United Nations Development Programme with the assistance of the competent institutions of states – members of the EU. Project implementation period: the operating phase is 42 months, the final phase is 24 months.


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