Disinfo: EU will provide Ukraine with financial support in exchange for the banking system and destruction of trade unions

Summary

[…] for its handout, the European Union not only wants to control the country’s banking system but also to strengthen the fight against corruption (read – to expand the network of grant-eaters), to reduce social payments (goodbye pensioners and the poor), to ban trade unions and to approve a Labour Code that legalises slave labour. But, of course, the adoption of the anti-Kolomoyskiy law by the Verkhovna Rada remains the key condition. Amendments to this law are currently being considered by the relevant committee [in the parliament].

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine and its relations with the European Union.

No such demands have been made upon Ukraine. As explained by the permanent representative of Ukraine to the EU, Mykola Tochytskyi, Ukraine will receive €1.2 billion in two tranches to overcome the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first €600 million will be provided at once, after the approval of the decision by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union unconditionally. The second tranche of €600 million will be provided under conditions. These conditions must be defined by the negotiations which will start soon. Therefore, the exact conditions on which this support will be granted to Ukraine have not yet been defined.

Tochytskyi mentioned that, in general, such conditions may include: improvement of public finance management, labour and social security, further development of anti-corruption laws and business regulations. Moreover, Ukraine's cooperation with the IMF is another important condition.

See previous disinformation narratives challenging EU-Ukraine relations and, in particular, the Association Agreement: Europe destroyed Ukraine, The EU Association Agreement destroyed the Ukrainian economy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Ukraine, economy, Ukrainian statehood

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