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Council of Europe to assign 22 mln euros for Ukrainian political reforms

September 16, 2011, 22:16 UTC+3
The Council of Europe will assign 22 million euros to Ukraine for political reforms
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KIEV, September 16 (Itar-Tass) —— The Council of Europe will assign 22 million euros to Ukraine for political reforms. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Konstantin Grishchenko and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland presented the action plan for 2011-2014 in Kiev on Friday.

The plan will promote democracy in Ukraine, Grishchenko said. “We now have a new action plan of the Council of Europe for Ukraine. I am confident that this plan will help strengthen democratic principles in this country,” he said.

In turn, Jagland said that bigger respect for democratic freedoms and rights displayed by the Ukrainian authorities and public was a key achievement of Ukraine within its membership in the Council of Europe. He also said that the new plan stipulated 51 projects and three strategic areas, such as the promotion of human rights, the strengthening of the judiciary and the spread of information about the Convention on Human Rights and case law in Ukraine.

The action plan for 2008-2011 envisaged the allocation of over 25 million euros.

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