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Denmark in Ukraine

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Context

Following the ousting of President Yanukovych in 2014 and the reinstatement of the 2004 Constitution of Ukraine, the country has engaged in an extensive reform process aimed at transforming itself and enabling a process towards closer association to the European Union (EU) and Europe.

A large body of critical laws within the justice, human rights, anti-corruption and economic development sectors have been passed by Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada or the Rada). However, traction varies across the different reforms and in some cases it has stalled. There are still laws within sub-sectors that need to be passed to allow for the reforms to be fully implemented. The number and scale of reforms have also stretched the public sector, e.g. in terms of capacity, slowing down implementation.

Denmark's bilateral development effort

Denmark's bilateral development effort in Ukraine is provided through the Danish Neighbourhood Programme, covering Ukraine and Georgia, which is entering its fourth phase in 2017. This phase has a duration of five years, until 2021, with an overall budget frame of DKK 860 million for the five year period. Of these funds, 70% are expected to be allocated to Ukraine.

The major goal of the Danish Neighbourhood Programme is to contribute to a peaceful and stable Europe with freedom and progress through contributing to the development of democratic societies with responsible and accountable public authorities, an active civil society as well as free and well-functioning markets.