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EU officials could consider the initiative at Eastern Partnership summit.9 November 2017
Vilnius is proposing a 50 billion euro ($58 billion), 10 year initiative to develop Ukraine’s small and medium-sized business sector, Kubilius told a Polish-language Lithuanian radio station, Radio Poland reports.
In a recent speech to parliament, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said the plan foresees spending $5 billion per year from 2018 to 2020 and lesser amounts for the following eight years to help Ukraine rebuild after years of civil conflict, Stratfor cites the Kyiv Post as reporting on 6 November.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discussed the plan in September with the speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, Viktoras Pranckietis, according to Ukrinform. Poroshenko’s press office said the initiative “envisages the provision of strong financial and investment support and assistance in conducting reforms.”
The Eastern Partnership is the EU’s vehicle for assistance and cooperation programs with countries on the eastern fringes of the bloc. In addition to Ukraine, the other members are Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. The group’s fifth summit will be held 24 November in Brussels.
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