kiew.diplo.de: At the beginning of December Germany confirmed a contribution of one million euros to the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Ukraine. The Council of Europe Action Plan supports reforms in Ukraine to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
To discuss the implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine for 2018-2021, the German Ambassador to Ukraine, Ms Anka Feldhusen, and the Director of the Office of the Council of Europe Directorate-General for Programmes, Ms Verena Taylor, met on 13 December.
Anka Feldhusen, Germany’s Ambassador to Ukraine, emphasized: “Germany strongly supports Ukraine’s ongoing reform efforts and Ukraine’s co-operation with the Council of Europe. To demonstrate our support, we have made a major financial contribution to the Council of Europe’s Action Plan for Ukraine. This is the largest contribution Germany has ever made to a country-specific Council of Europe Action Plan”.
Verena Taylor, Director Office of the Directorate General of Programmes Council of Europe expressed her gratitude to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for its continued support of the Council of Europe and its Fifth Action Plan for Ukraine: “The important German contribution enables the Council of Europe, in cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities, to continue to drive forward the implementation of reform measures. This includes, for example, increasing the effectiveness and transparency of public administration and ensuring European human rights standards for the judiciary”.
The Committee of Ministers adopted the Action Plan for Ukraine 2018-2021 during its 1308th session on 21 February 2018. The Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the Ukrainian authorities, the aim of which is to accompany Ukraine in its efforts to continue the process of bringing its legislation, institutions and practices into line with European standards in the fields of human rights, the rule of law and democracy, thereby helping the country to fulfil its obligations as a member State of the Council of Europe. In order to achieve its objectives, this Action Plan will also contribute to the achievement of the aims of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.
The main priorities of the Action Plan are Protecting and promoting human rights and human dignity, guaranteeing social rights, strengthening democratic governance at all levels, ensuring a democratic electoral process, guaranteeing the judiciary, protecting the rights of internally displaced persons, improving the protection of minorities, enhancing the independence of the media and the safety of journalists, gender mainstreaming and strengthening the participation of civil society in the reform processes.
The total budget of the present action plan is EUR 33.5 million. A budget of EUR 29 million has been secured. The current donors to the Action Plan are the European Union, the Human Rights Trust Fund, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Canada.
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