The European Commission announced the allocation of 24 million euro of the humanitarian aid for the satisfying of the requirements of the people suffered from the Donbas Conflict. The proper decision was made on February 28.
'Four years of conflict have put a tremendous strain on the civilian population in eastern Ukraine. We cannot overlook that there's a humanitarian crisis at the European Union's doorstep. Supporting all those in need, wherever they are, is a priority for the EU. Our new aid package will provide essential assistance such as food, healthcare and education for children', Christos Stylianides, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management emphasized.
It is noted that the humanitarian needs in particular in the areas controlled by the non-government organizations increase notably due to restrictions of humanitarian organisations' work in these areas, and the suspension of payment of social benefits, including pensions. The provision of essential services, such as water and electricity, is constantly complicated on both sides of the contact line by the regular attacks.
It is noted that the EU expressed the concern on the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the east of Ukraine for many times and constantly urged to the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements.
Earlier the European Commission approved a new program of the macro-financial support for Ukraine.
Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed in November 2017 on the achievement of the agreement toward the new EU program of the macro-financial support for Ukraine for 2018-2019.
Earlier the Finance Ministry estimated the volume of the new program in 1.8 billion euro. It corresponds to the volume of the macro-financial support approved in 2015 and that expired in January 2018.
Ukraine got two tranches in the total sum of 1.2 billion euro from the provided 1.8 within the old program. The EU Commission refused to provide the third tranche as the authorities of Ukraine fulfilled only 17 preliminary conditions out of 21.
Ukraine did not fulfill four demands: the remove of the ban for the export of the round-wood, launch of the automatic check of the electronic declarations, law on the credit register of the National Bank of Ukraine and check of the information on the self-benefiting owners of the companies.