Monday, November 6 2017 18:47 EET
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Lithuanian FM: Important assistance of Marshall Plan for Ukraine is presented
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The so-called Marshall Plan for Ukraine should now be called the "European Plan", Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius has told 112 Ukraine TV channel following the presentation of the plan in the Lithuanian Seimas for the ambassadors of the United States, Canada, Japan, and EU member states.

"We no longer call this plan the "Marshall Plan", because associations remain with another plan at another period and for other reasons ... Instead, we call it the ‘European Plan’ for Ukraine," Linkevicius told 112 Ukraine. He added that it is not just about the funds that are supposed to be allocated for Ukraine, it is also about the assistance that is already being implemented and requires streamlining for its effective use.

"We are looking at the process in its entirety in order to unite the efforts of all these financial organizations, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Each organization has its own work experience in Ukraine, and this assistance that is being provided is conditional, since it proceeds from reforms and transparency. And also it all depends on success in the fight against corruption," said Linkevicius.

He also noted that "the provision of assistance depends on the administrative capacity in Ukraine itself to streamline the process so that it casts no doubts on its transparency.

The Lithuanian Foreign Minister added that this plan implies not only financial assistance, but also "essentially bringing Ukraine closer to the European Union in all possible, say, criteria, despite the fact that, as we know, politically, it is not very easy to provide this European perspective."

With the initiative to support Ukraine from the EU, the so-called Marshall Plan for Ukraine was made by former Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius last year. He visited the most important capitals of Western Europe with Deputy Speaker of the Seimas Gediminas Kirkilas.