During a working visit to Brussels on October 8, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services Volodymyr Groysman met with Commissioner for Regional and Urban Policy Johannes Hahn
The parties discussed the initiatives of introducing reforms of power decentralization and administrative structure, as well as the steps taken to normalize the situation within the country, in particular implementation of the peace plan of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
Peculiar attention was paid to the ways of rendering to Ukraine of financial and humanitarian support by the EU, including the aid to the displaced persons and the victims of the events in the East of Ukraine necessary to prepare for the winter period.
In this context the Vice Prime Minister stressed the importance for Ukraine to hold the Donor conference and urged to design a special EU assistance program to solve the problems of rehabilitation of Donbas.
Volodymyr Groysman informed the EU about the extent of the destruction caused by the actions of the Russian Federation in the East of Ukraine and stressed that the key objective for the Ukrainian Government is strengthening the protection of the state border, providing with accommodation and jobs the internally displaced persons, as well as the restoration of the infrastructure of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Also Volodymyr Groysman and Johannes Hahn tackled future cooperation in the framework of the implementation of the Association Agreement in section of regional cooperation, and also stressed the importance of involving regions of Ukraine in the existing programs and policies of the EU.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.