Lithuania’s proposal for a European Plan for Ukraine
Since the Euromaidan revolution in 2014, Ukraine has endured the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s government is now implementing the Association Agreement and the DCFTA with the EU. Despite substantial progress in reforms, however, Ukraine still faces challenges in combating widespread corruption and in implementing further political and economic reforms. At a CEPS meeting on October 11th, Andrius Kubilius, former Prime Minister of Lithuania, presented a European plan for Ukraine that aims to give extra impetus to the reform process. Lithuania is seeking the support of EU institutions, its member states and international and European financial institutions for this plan, which aims to generate funding to invest in the real economy of Ukraine, focusing on economic growth, the implementation of reforms, and institutional capacity building. According to Hanna Hopko, Chair of Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Committee, the Verkhovna Rada, the country needs to pass legislation to prepare the ground for putting the plan into practice.