Ukraine: Daily Briefing – June 13, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
June 13, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
Ukrainian Armed Forces training exercises. 
Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense
1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 32 times in total, including at least 8 times with heavy weapons – artillery and mortars.
2. European Parliament approves 1 billion Euro macro-financial loan to Ukraine 
The European Parliament reported, “A €1 billion macro-financial loan to help Ukraine cover part of its external financing needs in 2018-2019 was approved by Parliament on Wednesday.
           MEPs agreed to an EU Commission to provide Kyiv with another package of macro-financial assistance (MFA) […]
           They nevertheless insisted that Parliament, the Council, and the Commission issue a joint statement on policy conditions that Ukraine must fulfil, due to concerns over the pace of reforms and the fight against corruption in the country. This statement, annexed to the decision, stresses that as a precondition for granting the loan, Ukraine must respect effective democratic mechanisms – including a multi-party parliamentary system – the rule of law, and human rights. It also underlines that the use of the EU aid must help reduce poverty and create jobs in Ukraine.
          MEPs also insist that the loan is conditional upon progress in fighting corruption, and in particular, the setting up of a specialised anti-corruption court in line with the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission recommendations.  (Ukraine’s parliament voted on 7 June to set up this court).The Commission and the European External Action Service are to check that these preconditions are met throughout the process, and make their findings public. If they are not met, then the Commission should temporarily suspend or cancel disbursement, say MEPs. The resolution was backed by 527 votes to 124, with 29 abstentions.
         Jaroslaw Walesa (EPP,PL), rapporteur, said: ‘The purpose of this aid is to make the country more economically stable, and there are firm conditions in place to ensure that the money will serve this goal. The country also has to take drastic measures to address corruption before the funds are delivered. I welcome with great satisfaction last week’s adoption of the law on the High Anti-corruption Court in Ukraine: it means that Ukrainians take their commitment seriously.'”
3. Ukraine’s President attends launch of Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline
photo – Ukraine’s Presidential Administration

Ukraine’s Presidential Administration reported, “During his working visit to the Republic of Turkey, President Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremony of launching the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP).
           The Head of State thanked the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his invitation, as the launch of this TANAP gas pipeline is an historic event for Turkey, Azerbaijan, the European Union and Ukraine. He called this project a good example of fruitful regional cooperation aimed at diversifying sources of energy supply and reducing dependence on individual gas suppliers.
          ‘The joint efforts of Turkey, Azerbaijan, and with the participation of other European countries, the construction of this main element of the Southern Gas Corridor has been completed. From now on, the whole region will have deeper security and wider energy prospects’, the President said.
          ‘As the past decade clearly shows, the Russian Federation periodically abused its energy resources. They have become an instrument of pressure on the energy-dependent countries to influence their domestic and foreign policies. Or punish them when these attempts were not resorted’, said Petro Poroshenko.
         ‘The project of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is a vivid example of such a pressure. Some believe that this is a commercial project, but in reality it is a purely geopolitical project. And it has nothing to do with energy supply and real diversification,’ the Head of State added.
          According to him, TANAP is the energy security of Azerbaijan and Turkey. ‘But it is also the energy security of Europe – the diversification of gas supplies to Europe, as well as the competitiveness of Europe. It is also the energy security of Ukraine, the diversification of its gas supplies and competitiveness,’ said the President, noting the role of Turkey and Azerbaijan.
        The Head of State stressed that TANAP will be a significant contribution to the prosperity of the entire region, and this is not just a new project, but a new stage in the development of gas that will be supplied to the European system.”
4. Ukraine’s Government introduces Results-Based-Management
Ukraine’s Government is introducing Results-Based-Management (RBM). Ukraine Business Journal reported, “In order to improve the strategic planning of the implementation of reform, the Cabinet of Ministers is to adopt the RBM system, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Oleksandr Sayenko announced after a meeting with experts of the Canadian EDGE international technical assistance project. The implementation of the new approach will require a detailed elaboration of the strategy, the selection of pilot ministries and the training of strategic planning directors. ‘We will implement world standards of government strategic planning, ensure the operation of a simple and understandable procedures and get rid of obsolete technologies, bales of paper and thousands of approvals,’ Sayenko stressed.”

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