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Council of EU agrees new 1bn-euro of macro-financial assistance for Ukraine

It is made conditional on the IMF programme.

Council of EU agrees new 1bn-euro of macro-financial assistance for Ukraine
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On 29 May 2018, EU ambassadors endorsed, on behalf of the Council, an agreement with the European Parliament on a new package of macro-financial assistance for Ukraine.

"A further 1bn euros in loans will cover Ukraine's financing needs over a period of two and a half years. The loans will support economic stabilisation and a programme of structural reforms, supplementing resources provided by the IMF and other donors," the Council of the EU said on its website.

The IMF has identified a 4.5bn-euro financing gap for 2018 and 2019, going over and above funding committed so far by the international community.

Further macro-financial assistance will be conditional on progress in the prevention of corruption, as well as on the progress of the IMF programme, the statement reads. The memorandum of understanding will include obligations to strengthen governance, administrative capabilities and the institutional set-up for preventing corruption.

The further disbursements will be conditional on Ukraine respecting democratic mechanisms and the rule of law, and guaranteeing respect for human rights. They will be subject to economic policy and financial conditions, focusing on structural reforms and sound public finances and including a timeframe for their fulfilment. The conditions will be laid down in a memorandum of understanding between Ukraine and the Commission.

Macro-financial assistance is an exceptional form of financial aid that the EU extends to partner countries with balance-of-payments difficulties. This is the third operation for Ukraine since 2014. The EU additionally provides assistance under its neighbourhood policy.

The EU pledged 1.6bn euros of macro-financial assistance in 2014 and 1.8bn euros in 2015, of which Ukraine received 2.81bn euros. A 600m-euro instalment was cancelled in January 2018 due to incomplete compliance with the conditions set.

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