July 21, 2006. Kyiv. A new partnership agreement on supporting economic reforms in Ukraine was signed today between the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine. b_96_81_16777215_00_images_content_news_740.jpg July 21, 2006. Kyiv. A new partnership agreement on supporting economic reforms in Ukraine was signed today between the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine.
b_180_0_16777215_00_images_content_news_740.jpg

July 21, 2006. Kyiv. A new partnership agreement on supporting economic reforms in Ukraine was signed today between the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine.

The project will support economic reforms in Ukraine in macroeconomics, international integration (with focus on Ukraine's accession to the World Trade Organization), regulatory policy and private sector development, monetary and fiscal policy and agricultural policies. The European Commission contributes 900.000 Euro to the project budget for the years 2006-2007.

Signing the agreement, the Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine, Ian Boag, stressed: "The European Commission keeps firmly committed to supporting Ukraine on its path of economic reform. I strongly believe that this newly signed agreement will play an important part in advancing the implementation of the economic part of the EU-Ukraine Action Plan".

“The UNDP and the European Commission have a significant record of cooperation in various areas in Ukraine. We hope that this new partnership agreement will enhance the public policy dialogue and policy formulation in socio-economic sphere contributing to boost the economic growth and improve living standards,” noted Mr. Francis O’Donnell, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine.

Advisory and capacity development services will be provided by the Blue Ribbon Analytical and Advisory Centre (BRAAC). BRAAC is a body of national and international experts, created in July 2005 as a follow up to the two Blue Ribbon Commission Reports presented in 2005 to assist the Ukrainian President and Government in formulating and implementing a new wave of reforms.

The mission of the BRAAC is to support the next stage of social and economic transformation in Ukraine by mobilizing a wide constituency of reform-oriented policy- and decision-makers to pursue market-oriented reforms and economic growth in Ukraine. More information on the Blue Ribbon Analytical and Advisory Centre’s activities and publications, please see at http://www.un.org.ua/brc .

“From the beginning of 2005 Ukraine obtained many new opportunities for European and global integration and it has brilliant perspectivess and challenges ahead. These opportunities should be utilised, particularly by improving the business environment, adoption of sound fiscal and monetary policies, and securing better terms of trade, first and foremost, by accession to the World Trade Organisation,” stated Mr. Kalman Mizsei, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Director for UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS.

Please visit our PhotoGallery to see the photos from the signing ceremony.

These days Mr. Mizsei, initiator of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Ukraine, is paying a visit to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian officials, members of the Parliament, heads of missions and international organizations to discuss UNDP’s support in the reform process.

The interviews of Mr.Kalman Mizsei could be accessed following these links of the Kyiv Weekly newspaper and Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper.

*****

Contact EC: Anje Schubert, Press Officer (anje.schubert@ec.europa.eu +38 044 253 30 20)

Contact UNDP: Veronika Vashchenko, Communications Officer (veronika.vashchenko@undp.org + 38 044 253-93-63).

The European Union is the world's major player in international co-operation and development aid. It is Ukraine's largest donor with more than 2 billion Euro spent in Technical Assistance and other programmes since 1991. www.delukr.ec.europa.eu

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners. http://www.undp.org