PM explains EU’s decision to cease border infrastructure development projects in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Groysman claims the State Fiscal Service has failed to implement the projects.
12:55, 23 February 2018

Press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has announced the government’s intention to discuss the launch of a new border infrastructure development program with representatives of the European Union after the latter decided to shut down the previous one, UNIAN reports.

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“The newly appointed head of the State Fiscal Service, Myroslav Prodan, tried to fix the situation. However, given the complex procedure and everything else, it turned out to be impossible. Hence, another program may be introduced in the future, and we are going to talk about this with our partners from the European Union. Nonetheless, we are going to continue upgrading border checkpoints anyway. We have such projects with Poland, Hungary and other nations,” the Prime Minister said during his visit to Sumy (Northeastern Ukraine).

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At the same time, the leader of the government emphasized that the State Fiscal Service, which was a party to the program, had failed to organize its implementation. “The program was established in 2007 and came to an end in 2013. Then we requested its extension. Unfortunately, the State Fiscal Service failed to implement the project, but we realized that it was almost impossible to implement the program,” Groysman said.

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On 22 February, the European Commission announced the closure of the program on financing the modernization of six checkpoints on Ukraine’s western border. The program was designed to help integrate the nation’s economy with neighboring EU member states by building or upgrading border posts at checkpoints with Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The European Union’s programs were intended to increase the border check routine and enhance the existing customs clearance procedures.

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