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Ukraine: Commissioner Hahn says new sanctions against separatists is sign of international unity, launches €55 million regional development package

December 1, 2014

Following free and fair elections for President and Parliament, Ukraine now has its first Parliament with the necessary majority for reforms, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn said after his visit to Kyiv on 27-28 November timed with the opening session of the new Rada.The new government has a very big majority,”  he said in a statement issued today.
In Ukraine, the Commissioner also held bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister and Foreign minister.
“The public, the voters and those who risked so much on the Maidan, now expect promises to be kept,” stressed Hahn. He described the current situation in Ukraine as very serious: “following events in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Russia's retaliatory measures, nearly a million people displaced, and unbelievable human tragedy.”
Commenting on the latest decision by the EU to extend sanctions against separatists in Eastern Ukraine, Hahn said it was “an important sign of unity” among the EU and international community.
My key message was: the EU is not just a donor for Ukraine.   We need something in return. Ukraine needs to move from an idea of itself as a recipient of aid to the idea of itself as an investment opportunity.  
In Ukraine, Commissioner Hahn signed an agreement for regional development worth €55 million with the action Minister of the economy Valery Piatnitsky. He also confirmed that the second tranche of the second Macro Financial Assistance programme for Ukraine will be delivered shortly (there will be an announcement from my colleague Moscovici this week).
Johannes Hahn pledged to visit the country every quarter to help monitor progress and co-ordinate efforts. “If we all work with commitment and political will, we can achieve the results the country wants and needs. No shortage of determination on our side,” he concluded.   (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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EU strengthens sanctions against separatists in Eastern Ukraine - Press release
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