EU: assistance for Ukraine contingent on implementation of reforms

Delays in the implementation of anti-corruption reforms could endanger not only the progress Ukraine has made in this direction, but also the European Union support of the country, as stated by the Office of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, in response to the open letter signed by RPR (Reanimation Package of Reforms) and a number of public organizations prior to the Association Council’s meeting on December 8th, Evropeyska Pravda reports.

"We are concerned about the recent developments in Ukraine, which could jeopardize the progress made in combating corruption unless further action is taken to ensure the full implementation and sustainability of achieved reforms," the document states.

Mogherini’s Office emphasized that the independence, efficiency and sustainability of the anti-corruption institutional framework, including the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) and the establishment of an effective e-declarations verification system are extremely important for the EU.

At the same time, the European Union reminded that their support to Ukraine is not unconditional.

"Our support for Ukraine is not unconditional. EU funds are always subject to strict monitoring and reporting procedures with strong emphasis on continued progress," the response of the European External Action Service says.

On December 7, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine dismissed Yehor Soboliev from the position of the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Prevention and Combating Corruption.

  anti-corruption reforms, Ukraine, EU