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News article28 September 2022Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

Commissioner Várhelyi in Ukraine to discuss EU support and reforms, announces disbursement of €500 million for access to housing, education and the farming sector

Commissioner Várhelyi in Ukraine to discuss EU support and reforms

Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Olivér Várhelyi announced today during his visit in Kiev the disbursement of €500 million in EU budget support to support housing solutions, education and improve food security through support to the farming sector in Ukraine following the signature of the Financing Agreement in the margins of the EU-Ukraine Association Council on 5 September. During his third official mission to Ukraine, Commissioner Várhelyi will meet members of the government and representatives of the Verkhovna Rada to discuss EU support and reforms identified in the Commission's Opinion on Ukraine's membership application. “Ukraine has our highest respect, for fighting for independence and democracy while simultaneously working on the reforms to advance on its EU path. I am pleased to see that the candidate country status has already created positive reform momentum, particularly in the areas of anti-corruption and justice sector reform. The substantial work ahead to be done also includes tackling the vested interests and finalising the legal framework for national minorities. At the same time, the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area remains essential to further integrate Ukraine with the EU. We will stand by Ukraine, as strong as ever, for as long as needed.” said Commissioner Várhelyi. During his stay, Commissioner will also visit projects financed by the European Union, meet with local residents and participate in the distribution of in-kind assistance for displaced populations in Ukraine. The Commissioner will also meet representatives of national minorities.Pictures and videos of the mission will be available on EbS and the latest information on EU-Ukraine relations can be found here (For more information: Ana Pisonero – Tel.: +32 2295 4320; Zoi Muletier – Tel.: +32 2299 4306)

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