IN THE SPOTLIGHT
New EU support for Civil Society in Ukraine
A new programme to support civil society in Ukraine has been agreed by Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, and Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, on Saturday 13 September, in a bid to improve oversight of Ukraine’s reform process.
Civil society organizations will receive direct funding to build up their capacity to monitor the implementation of reforms stipulated by Ukraine’s state-building contract with the European Union, which includes €355 million in support funds. The reforms include the fight against corruption, constitutional reform and reform of the judiciary.
“Civil society plays a key role in the reform process. This financing agreement will support it in monitoring the reforms and providing the feedback on them to the Government. The engagement of civil society is essential if national reforms are to succeed.” said Commissioner Füle at the signing of the agreement.