The European Investment Bank (EIB) finances 15 infrastructure renovation projects in Melitopol, including renovation of general education, sports and music schools, the Palace of Culture of Railroaders, and other public properties.
The work on renovation of a maternity hospital and the general education school No 15 began in May of this year. Also, the renovation of the sports school No 3 and the infectious diseases hospital will start in June.
Another five properties, including general education schools, lyceums and preschool education institutions, were renovated and commissioned in 2019. Such a large-scale reconstruction and modernization became possible thanks to the Ukraine Early Recovery Program financed by the EIB.
Melitopol, a city in the Zaporizhia Oblast, has over 155,000 residents, including many internally displaced persons. Some buildings haven’t been renovated for decades, but thanks to the Program, this social infrastructure will receive a new life. One of these properties is the school No 15, which will receive new, warm floors, energy saving windows, a new roof, insulated facades, renovated classrooms, engineering networks, heating system and other external and internal changes.
“We want to improve life and working conditions for tens of thousands of Melitopol residents, including internally displaced persons. Our important priority is to provide support to regions located close to areas of armed conflict in the east of Ukraine,” Jean-Erik de Zagon, Head of the EIB Representation in Ukraine, said.
The Program includes renovation of hospitals, schools, kindergartens, and residential, administrative and public buildings in the Donetsk, Luhansk, and the neighboring Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia Oblasts. These regions are the home to over 86% of 1,446,000 internally displaced persons. Presently, the Program features 257 reconstruction projects.
“Overcoming the consequences of armed conflict in the east and supporting internally displaced persons remains the priority objective of the EU’s efforts in Ukraine. Restoration of local schools, hospitals and other important infrastructure significantly improves the quality of life of local residents. We continue providing support to people in the Sea of Azov region and Eastern Ukraine,” Stefan Schleuning, Head of Cooperation Programs at the EU Delegation to Ukraine, said.
A substantial portion of the first line of reconstruction work in Melitopol will be done during the quarantine and summer school break, and therefore, the schools No 15 and No 8 and other infrastructure facilities are expected to be commissioned in the second half of the autumn of 2020.
“The total of 31 infrastructure facilities are being reconstructed in the Zaporizhia Oblast, including 15 in Melitopol. This program not just envisages reconstruction of key infrastructure. It is a long-term investment in human capital and wellbeing of people living in this region,” Vasyl Lozynskyi, First Deputy Minister for Development of Communities and Territories of Ukraine, said.
“Despite restrictive measures, work on infrastructure continues in strict accordance with quarantine regulations. We do everything we can to make sure that educational, healthcare and other institutions of social infrastructure are commissioned as soon as possible. We realize that it means comfort and safety of tens of thousands of people,” Ivan Fedorov, First Deputy Chairman of Zaporizhia Oblast State Administration, said.
As of May 2020, over 4 million Ukrainian citizens, including almost 600,000 IDPs and other people from vulnerable categories of population, have already taken advantage of the Program or will do it soon.
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is a publicly owned financial institution of the European Union, which has been active in Ukraine since 2007. As of today, the EIB provided the total of EUR 6,400,000,000 worth of loans to Ukraine. The most important areas of EIB’s financing in Ukraine include social and economic infrastructure, transport and communications, development of the local private sector, energy efficiency, combating climate change, and innovations. For additional information, visit: https://www.eib.org.
The Ukraine Early Recovery Program is a EUR 200 million multi-sector framework loan from the European Investment Bank, aimed to finance restoration of municipal and social infrastructure. This Program is implemented in cooperation with the Ukrainian government thanks to grants from the EU and the Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund (EPTATF). The Program’s implementer is the Ministry for Development of Communities and Territories of Ukraine, and UNDP helps control the Program’s implementation.
Author: Vlada Khmelnytska