Ukraine and the European Union stand united in the fight against coronavirus pandemic and its aftereffects.
This was discussed during a meeting of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal with the Ambassador of the European Union to Ukraine Matti Maasikas.
"Ukraine appreciates the EU willingness to support Ukraine in overcoming the effects of COVID-19, despite the challenging epidemiological situation in the EU Member States," said the Head of Government.
According to Denys Shmyhal, the € 80 million assistance package will help support our health care system and the economy (in particular, small and medium-sized enterprises that are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic).
"I express gratitude to the EU Ambassador to Ukraine for his staunch support. For its part, Ukraine expresses a strong commitment to support the EU. This issue has already been agreed with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Ukraine enters the top largest producers at the global medicinal alcohol market. Our factories are now operating at full capacity, and after the domestic demand is satisfied, we are ready to provide this resource to help other countries", accentuated the Prime Minister.
The Ambassador of the European Union to Ukraine commended the Government’s efforts and its abilities to stay ahead of the curve in the novel coronavirus pandemic prevention.
During the meeting, the parties also noted that Ukraine and the EU should join efforts in coordinating humanitarian and international technical assistance.
In particular, on the basis of the Commission on technogenic safety, there will be set up an organizational headquarters to be responsible for determining the algorithm for further work with our international partners.
Besides, cooperation will also be directed to specify the needs of the regions and leverage financial assistance to curb COVID-19 spread.
"I assured our European partners that the Government of Ukraine would prolong the policy of reforms. I express gratitude to the European Union for political support", emphasized Denys Shmyhal.
The Head of Government expressed delight in Ukraine and the EU having common positions in responding to the most complex challenge of today.