April 26, 1986, the biggest ever world’s nuclear disaster befallen at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant. The radioactive cloud covered the neighbouring territories in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and many other European countries. Ukraine currently estimates 2.5 million people affected by Chornobyl disaster, of which 105 000 became disabled. Dozens of thousands of people died as a result of exposure. The European Union greatly supports Ukraine in overcoming the consequences of the disaster. It becomes a topic of a conversation with Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. Read more
“We have been compared to kolkhoz. Rumour had it we would take peasants’ properties away from them,” says Anatoliy Suprunov, team leader of the EU-funded project, “Insufficient development of dairy farming and low efficiency of agricultural markets.” “This kind of reaction is understandable, because we have entered a market where dealers earn money by bying the milk from peasants and selling it to the factories, and we are competitors for them.” The project, implemented in Pyatykhatky, in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast, provides for the establishment of cooperative, thereby solving one of the most significant problems facing Ukrainian dairy farmers – low purchasing prices for milk. Read more
April 20-21, Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, visited Kyiv. He met with President Poroshenko and newly-appointed Prime Minister Groysman. The commissioner stressed the importance of Ukrainian government institutions undertaking coordinated efforts to meet the reforms necessary for the establishment of a visa-free regime with the EU. Hahn expressed his hope for a quick decision on the part of the European Parliament and EU Council to change the relevant EU legislation to enable Ukrainians visit the EU without visas. Read more
On April, 20 the European Commission proposed to the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to lift visa requirements for the citizens of Ukraine by transferring Ukraine to the list of countries whose citizens can travel without a visa to the Schengen area. This proposal comes after the Commission gave a positive assessment last December, confirming that Ukraine successfully met all benchmarks under the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP). Read more
The EU and Germany have allocated €20 million toward the first phase of a project to upgrade the municipal water supply and drainage system in Chernivtsi. Out of this amount, €17 million is a concessional loan from the German government, and €3 million is an EU grant. The funding will be administered by the German KfW Development Bank. On April 13, Oleksiy Kaspruk, the mayor of Chernivtsi, and Roland Siller, a member of the KfW management committee, signed an agreement on the financing and implementation of the project.