A delegation of four members of European Parliament will visit Ukraine from 16 till 19 May for a fact-finding mission into the EU financial assistance provided since Maidan revolution to support Ukraine’s stabilisation and reform process. The members of the Budgetary Control Committee responsible for controlling the spending of EU money visit Ukraine to see how the aid is being used on the ground. They also want to know how Ukraine is coping with corruption and whether it affects the EU funds.
4 Members of Parliament will take part in the mission:
∙ Ms Inge Gräßle (Head of Delegation, EPP, Germany),
∙ Mr Joachim Zeller (EPP, Germany),
∙ Mr Derek Vaughan (S&D, UK)
∙ Mr Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR, Poland).
The delegation will be accompanied by a Member of the Court of Auditors (Mr Szabolcs Fazakas (tbc)), representatives of the EU Delegation to Ukraine and two representatives of the Support Group for Ukraine of DG NEAR of the European Commission.
The program of the visit is split into two parts.
The first part in the Lviv region aims to monitor EU funded projects and trans-border cooperation with the EU. The delegation plans to go outside the Lviv and visit projects in towns like Drohobych or Sambir and villages like Morshyn, Pisochne or Luky where EU funded projects have been conducted.
The second part of the delegation will take place in Kyiv where the Members will meet with the central authorities – the Verkhovna Rada and the newly sworn in government. During the meetings they will ask how Ukraine is coping with systemic corruption and how is it managing centrally the EU funds. In the Parliament the CONT Delegation will meet with its homologue in the spirit of the recently signed cooperation agreement between the European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada. The delegation will also meet with the anti-corruption bodies created after the Maidan revolution. Meetings with the civil society, anti-corruption watchdogs and investigative journalists are also foreseen.