: European Parliament to check how Ukraine uses E.U. financial aid

17:33 May. 16, 2016

European Parliament to check how Ukraine uses E.U. financial aid

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The E.U. delegation will visit Ukraine on May 16-19

The European Parliament fact-finding mission will pay a visit to Ukraine to audit Ukraine's spending of the E.U. financial assistance, granted after the Maidan revolution for stabilizing Ukrainian economy and conducting reforms.

The official statement of the E.U. delegation to Ukraine on their website: "The members of the Budgetary Control Committee responsible for controlling the spending of EU money visit Ukraine to see how the aid is being used on the ground. They also want to know how Ukraine is coping with corruption and whether it affects the E.U. funds".

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The delegation consists of four MEPs: Ms. Inge Gräßle (Head of Delegation, EPP, Germany), Mr. Joachim Zeller (EPP, Germany), Mr. Derek Vaughan (S&D, UK), Mr. Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR, Poland). They will be accompanied by a Member of the Court of Auditors, representatives of the EU Delegation to Ukraine and two representatives of the Support Group for Ukraine of Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) of the European Commission.

According to the statement, the Delegation is in Lviv region, where they will get acquainted with the E.U. funded projects, in particular, it will visit those in towns of Drohobych or Sambir and villages of Morshyn, Pisochne or Luky.

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Members of the mission will also visit Kyiv where they will meet with the representatives of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's Parliament), the government, and anti-corruption bodies created for the past years. They will also hold meetings with the civil society, anti-corruption watchdogs, and investigative journalists.

Since the Maidan revolution the E.U. has been providing a very substantial financial assistance to support Ukraine's stabilisation and reform process in such spheres as fighting corruption, judicial and public sector, economic area and private sector development - 3.4 billion euro of Macro-financial assistance, 900 million euro of bilateral development assistance, 500 million euro of regional assistance, 50 million euro for stability and peace, 60 million euro for humanitarian aid.

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