A series of agreements was signed following the Ukraine-EU Summit held in Kyiv on July 8.
In the presence of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, an agreement was signed on financing the "U-LEAD with Europe: Ukraine – Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development Programme - The Second Phase". The document envisages the attraction of the EU’s aid for the sum of EUR 40 million to finance decentralization reform and support for united communities.
An agreement was signed between the Government of Ukraine and the European Commission on the financing of the "Anticorruption Initiative - The Second Phase" with a total budget of EUR 22.9 million. The EU’s assistance is aimed at strengthening the fight against corruption at the national and local levels.
In addition, an agreement was signed between the Government of Ukraine and the European Commission to fund the "Support for Civil Society and Culture". The EU’s assistance totaling EUR 10 million would be mobilized to increase the capabilities of civil society organizations and cultural institutions in promoting the development of accountable, transparent and democratic institutions, social and economic development, as well as preventing violent conflicts.
In addition, an agreement was signed between the Government of Ukraine and the European Commission on the financing of the "Technical Cooperation Program 2019" aimed at supporting Ukraine in implementing key reforms and provisions of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU in the area of free trade in agriculture, environment, energy, public procurement, business and investment climate, trade and labor relations. The total EU’s contribution under the document amounts to EUR 44 million.
Also, an additional agreement was signed between the Government of Ukraine and the European Commission on amending the agreement on financing the "EU Support for the East of Ukraine". The purpose of the document is to increase the amount of the EU’s funding by EUR 10 million to expand the activity under the agreement to the regions bordering the Sea of Azov, in particular, to the part of the Zaporizhzhia region. Thus, the amount of the EU’s assistance to finance all the measures under the agreement will equal EUR 60 million.