Having analyzed budget programs from which funds were not used for various reasons, the Government, by a decision of the relevant commissions and with the consent of the Verkhovna Rada Budget Committee, redirects funds to finance other programs for their effective use. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal stated during a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on October 28.
At the meeting, the Government has supported the decision to redistribute part of the funds provided to the State Agency of Motor Roads of Ukraine. In particular, the funds will be transferred to social support for miners, as well as to provide financial assistance to the Fund of Compulsory State Social Insurance in Case of Unemployment.
Thus, the Government approved a resolution to allocate UAH 1.4 billion to the Ministry of Energy to ensure the payment of salaries to employees of state-owned coal mining companies under the state program "Restructuring of the Coal Industry."
Expenditures of the Compulsory State Social Insurance Fund in Case of Unemployment were also increased in the amount of UAH 1.27 billion for the payment of unemployment benefits and partial unemployment benefits for the period of quarantine in full amount.
Besides, during the meeting, the Prime Minister commented on the Government's decision to redistribute funding for the project "Improvement of molecular genetic diagnosis of oncological diseases in Ukraine."
"Unfortunately, yesterday in the media there was spread disinformation that the funds intended for cancer patients had allegedly been transferred on the road infrastructure. For me personally, it is of paramount importance to clarify the situation in order to put the matter to rest," emphasized Denys Shmyhal.
The Head of Government accentuated that in 2020 a record amount had been allocated for the treatment of patients with oncological diseases. In general, 40% more than in 2019 and twice as much as in 2018.
"Since September of this year, our Government has almost 5 times increased the tariff for the diagnosis and chemotherapeutic treatment of oncological diseases in children. This means that institutions that engage in the treatment of young patients will receive increased funding to provide better care," the Head of Government stressed.
According to the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Ihor Petrashko, this year the program for the reconstruction of the laboratory of the National Cancer Institute was to be implemented, as the relevant funding had been allocated in 2018-2019, but during this time no preparatory work was carried out.
"Only this year, the Ministry of Health began preparations and a project was made, including a regulatory assessment. The project is not for one day and it really is far from simple. The Ministry of Health needs more time to implement it," stressed Ihor Petrashko.
The Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture noted that the Government, in accord with the Ministry of Health, supported the decision of the Interdepartmental Commission on Public Investment Projects to redistribute funds under this program. Such a redistribution was also approved by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Budget.
"A resource for the reconstruction of the diagnostic laboratory will be provided next year. To this end, we are approving amendments to Resolution №571, which will allow resolving the issue of a possible implementation of projects for which funds have been redistributed," said Ihor Petrashko.
The Minister stressed that the redistribution will allow the implementation of an unfinished project to diagnose oncologic diseases in 2021.