Citing Government's Failure to Address Corruption, EU Freezes Aid to Ukraine

The European Union has temporarily suspended its plans to provide $159 million in aid to Ukraine, citing the Ukrainian government’s failure to improve the state’s procurement system.

The EU noted that President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration has failed to stop corruption in the system and adopt laws that would provide more transparency in the purchases made by the state, the Kyiv Post reports.

The $159 million grant was pledged by the EU in December for the introduction of energy-saving technologies and rehabilitation of transportation infrastructure in the country. The EU delegation to Ukraine has confirmed that the assistance has been frozen indefinitely, the Kyiv Post says.  

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.