EU and EBRD stepping up reform support in Ukraine
The European Union (EU) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are stepping up their efforts to support the reform process in Ukraine with the EU contributing €8 million to the EBRD-managed Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account.
The €8 million contribution to the EBRD-managed Multi-Donor Account is just one of several examples of EU support in this area. It will be complemented by a €104 million programme focusing on the implementation of the comprehensive reform of the public administration. This reform will help create merit-based recruitment in the civil service and performance-based assessment. It will also result in better public services for the citizens of Ukraine."
To date, the first Reform Support Teams have been launched at the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food. A further roll-out of the programme is imminent at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ministry of Regional Development and Ecology and other ministries and state agencies.
Pierre Heilbronn, EBRD Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, said: “We are grateful for the EU’s contribution to the effort to support the reform process in Ukraine. The establishment of an efficient, professional and transparent public administration with highly motivated, dedicated and well-educated staff is one of the most important steps in this endeavour. The EU’s commitment will make a strong impact on our success.”
The Ukraine Stabilisation and Sustainable Growth Multi-Donor Account was established at the EBRD in November 2014 to support Ukraine’s efforts to reform its economy, improve its business climate and return to a path of sustainable growth. The other contributors to the fund are Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
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