The EU bank – European Investment Bank – backs €200 million in loans to restore Donbas

The annexation of Crimea and military actions in eastern Ukraine have now resulted in the internal displacement of about 1.5 million people, including more than 200,000 children. During the three years of conflict, dozens of hospitals, schools and kindergartens have been destroyed or damaged. Restoring this damaged infrastructure takes time, and international organisations are providing significant support to the cause. Read more

Social and economic disparities between Ukraine’s regions far greater than in the EU

The less-developed regions of Ukraine face challenges such as limited access to social services, poor infrastructure, lack of jobs and economic opportunities, and environmental challenges  which in some ways are far worse than in more prosperous regions of the country. To support the government, its regions and local communities in addressing these challenges, in 2013 the EU initiated a project devoted to regional development in Ukraine. Read more

I would have never thought that my skills would be needed in Ukraine – humanitarian demining expert

Oleksandr Lobov, the national coordinator on mine action with the Danish Demining Group, is experienced with humanitarian work in Africa and the Middle East. In recent years, however, he was unable to ignore the troubling developments in his native Ukraine, and he began working in the country in 2014, informing civilians about mine risk. Read more

EU diplomat: Ukraine’s public administration needs new talent

The reform of Ukraine’s public service is one of the most important parts of the country’s on-going transformation. It is difficult to have economic and social systems working efficiently without a modern and competent civil service. Ukraine’s system of public administration, however, has many obsolete structures and functions, and extremely low salaries make the public service uncompetitive as an employer on the national labour market.  Read more