Ukraine-EU summit took place in Kyiv. This year, it was held, when the electoral parliamentary campaign is in full swing, and the people are full of expectations for effective and efficient steps from the new team.
What was agreed on
The result of the XXI Summit was the adoption of the Joint Statement and the signing of five documents that provide for the provision of financial assistance in the amount of approximately 130 million USD.
In particular, the EU decided to allocate a significant amount, 44 million EUR, for the implementation of key reforms and the implementation of the provisions of the Association Agreement.
40 million EUR to be allocated for the implementation of the reform of decentralization. Also, 22.9 million EUR will be used to finance the second phase of the Anti-Corruption Initiative. Brussels provides another 10 million EUR for the support of civil society and culture and the support program for the east of Ukraine.
In fact, it is not so much the amount of funding that is important here, as the actual allocation of funds for the implementation of projects in various areas. After all, Ukraine, Europe, and the whole world have seen the last five years, when our government pursued a policy of begging, and not the effective implementation of programs.
The key Joint Statement, the EU’s readiness to allocate the second tranche of the Fourth Program of Macro-Financial Aid for Ukraine in the amount of 500 million EUR is traced. However, after reading the document between the lines, there is a signal that the EU is ready to allocate a tranche if our state overcomes the obstacles that the previous team could not cope with. European colleagues pointed out the need to reduce the influence of oligarchs on the political, economic and media spheres.
First, it is about ensuring the effective functioning of all anti-corruption institutions. Let me remind you that within five years the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office began their work in Ukraine. They even passed the law On the Anti-Corruption Court. However, in fact, we have only established institutions that do not perform key functions. But they exchange mutual accusations and open investigations against each other. There are no tangible results of their work. And we all know that the results can be if there is the will of the relevant officials.
Secondly, there is a lack of legislative regulation of liability for illegal enrichment. So, on February 27, 2019, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared the article of the Criminal Code on the punishment for illegal enrichment unconstitutional. The parliament of the eighth convocation could not adopt a new edition of the law. If our parliamentarians can close their eyes to this, then the European ones will not do it.
Loss of face
Ukraine has not used XXI Ukraine-EU Summit as a platform for forming a positive image. Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze was not allowed into the Ukraine-EU Summit. Was this just an error in the lists or the new government did not allow the representative of the former team to participate? The answer to the question was given by PM Groysman, who noted that in fact his colleague "had a desire not to participate in the work of the summit, but to create a political scandal."
He called former president Petro Poroshenko the author of the scandal.
In fact, the Summit gave Ukraine another reason to draw the necessary conclusions: it is necessary to act, not to simulate activity, not to continue the policy of begging, but to begin to propose concrete steps. In addition, if we want to be a subject, not an object of international relations, so we must work on the reputation of Ukraine, and not on pre-election ratings.