Andreas Papaconstantinou, Director of the European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, said this during an online discussion entitled "The Future of Eastern Ukraine" organized by the Vilnius Task Force, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.
“The European Union is implementing a program to support eastern Ukraine for a significant amount of EUR 60 million. It covers a number of key areas, including governance, decentralization, economic recovery, community security, social cohesion, education, and health care reform in the government-controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions," he said.
In addition, Mr Papaconstantinou added that there is another important project worth EUR 30 million related to the reconstruction, management and peace restoration in eastern Ukraine. According to him, this four-year project is aimed at providing better access to public services, working with non-governmental organizations in the field of education and health, and improving the life of communities in the territories affected by the military conflict.
Separately, he noted that the European Union had provided EUR 10 million in assistance in response to the coronavirus pandemic, both in the territories controlled by the Ukrainian government and in the territory of CADLO.
According to him, the EU remains seriously concerned about the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine and will continue to provide financial support to mitigate and overcome its consequences.
As Ukrinform reported, the European Union may decide to allocate a second tranche of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of EUR 600 million in September, provided that the country does its homework.
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