Rebuilding Ukraine: An Assessment of EU Assistance

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Publication Date August 2018
ISBN 978-1-7-8413-290-3
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Ukraine opted for political association and economic integration with the European Union (EU) when it signed an Association Agreement (AA) in 2014. The agreement is unprecedented in that the country has committed to reforms without having the prospect of EU membership. However, the scale of Ukraine’s reform commitments is not matched by its capacity to implement them.

The EU’s assistance from 1992 to 2013 helped to raise awareness of European rules and standards in Ukraine, but had a negligible impact on the functioning of state institutions. Since 2014, the EU has stepped up its assistance and has in effect supported the rebuilding of Ukrainian state institutions. A number of important innovations have been introduced.

Given the challenge of transforming Ukrainian institutions, a smarter, more flexible and more differentiated approach to using EU assistance for individual projects is needed. This paper offers a number of recommendations for addressing the shortcomings identified.

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