Ukraine and partners are asking the EU not to curtail support for reforms

Украина и партнеры просят ЕС не сворачивать поддержку реформ

At the end of the week, February 20-21 at the EU summit in Brussels discussed the formation of the budget of the European Union for the next seven years. To negotiate with the leaders of the European Union has not yet succeeded.

Against the background of financial difficulties caused by the withdrawal of great Britain and a number of other factors, the Commission has to take measures of strict financial discipline, which consists in the optimization of existing instruments of external financial assistance, including the European neighbourhood instrument (ENI).

“It is now planned that the EIS will be integrated with other instruments of the EU and will cover not only the country’s nearest neighbor, but also issues of migration, global challenges and crises, as well as new international initiatives of the EU” – writes in his article for ZN.UA the representative of Ukraine to the EU Nikolay Tochitskii.

ERC directs the financial resources of the European Union to support development and “stabilization” of neighboring States. Resource is used to support and strengthen the capacity of government agencies, civil society, the measures to fight against corruption, the implementation of internal reforms, facilitating trade and enhancing security.

While talking about the volume of funds in absolute terms is premature, traditionally, the States of “Eastern partnership” accounted for approximately 1/3 of the allocated funds, and the “South partnership” – about 2/3.

In connection with the possible merger and the reformatting of existing tools Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia have expressed their concern about the possible negative consequences of such a decision.

The foreign Ministers of the three countries approached the EC with a request not only to keep the European neighbourhood instrument, but also to provide in the context of this instrument extra special cooperation mechanism with three associated countries.

“The essence of our signals is that, in signing the Association Agreement, we pledged not only to create a deep and comprehensive zone of free trade area with the European Union, but also to lead institutions and legislation in line with European standards.. in the end of this road will receive regulatory field, approximate to the member States of the EU. States candidates for membership will receive the financial support to associated partners, such support is not provided,” writes the author.

The concern of Ukraine was supported by the partners, who also recently went deep transformation and understand the challenges facing our country. For their part, they have approached the European Commission with a request to leave in the new EU budget, the European neighbourhood instrument.