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Lithuanian Seimas asks Hungary not to block EU-Ukraine rapprochement
12:35, 9 November 2017
Lithuanian Seimas asks Hungary not to block EU-Ukraine rapprochement

The appeal was signed by 37 deputies

12:35, 9 November 2017

Delfi

Deputies of the Lithuanian Seimas addressed an appeal to Hungary not to interfere with the European integration of Ukraine in connection with the adoption of the law on education. This was reported by the Delfi.agency.

The appeal was initiated by conservative deputy Andrius Kubilius, and 37 of 141 members of the Seimas signed it. Lithuanian parliamentarians criticized Hungarian ultimatum about the intention to block decisions on the rapprochement of Ukraine with the European Union if Ukraine does not introduce changes to the law on education.

"Such ultimatums are absolutely unacceptable, completely non-European and even more incomprehensible when it comes from one of the states of Central Europe. We all know well how geopolitically important for us, the states of Central Europe and the Baltics, was our integration into the EU," the address says.

Related: Ukraine, Lithuania sign memorandum on cooperation in defense sphere

As it was reported earlier new European investment plan for Ukraine has been presented in Lithuania on Monday. It is often called the ‘Marshall Plan for Ukraine’ – a clear reference to the program of the U.S. comprehensive economic assistance for Europe, aiming to restore the European economy and infrastructure after WWII.

The 10 years-long Marshall Plan for Ukraine foresees considerable investments – up to 5 billion Euros annually – into the Ukrainian economy, which would boost its development. Authors of the document suppose that at such rate of the economic growth, the country’s annual GPD growth will be making from 6 to eight percent. In return, Ukraine must successfully carry on with the reforms.

The current investment plan was designed by Lithuania, the country which received economic assistance from the U.S. in the 1990s; so, the government and the society have enough experience in this area.   

Related: Lithuania stops broadcasting of Russian TV Channel due to incitement to war

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