Ukraine and Slovak top officials to meet, discuss EU’s €50 billion aid package

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal

Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal is planning to meet with his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico in the coming weeks to discuss Bratislava’s stated opposition to EU’s EUR 50 billion ($54.3 billion) aid package for Ukraine, Shmyhal said in a Telegram post on Jan. 18.

Shmyhal said he hopes that the meeting will convince Fico to reconsider vetoing the much-needed assistance program.

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The European Council summit, which could deliver a decision to allocate the funds, is scheduled for Feb. 1.

This program includes not only financial assistance but also the systemic reforms Ukriane is to undertake on its path to EU membership, the Ukrainian PM added.

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The Ukrainian government has drafted a plan this process and received relevant comments from the European Commission, which are already being processed.

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After a meeting with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, Fico said that he supported Hungary's opposition to further EU financial assistance to Kyiv.

EU officials previously suggested the funds could be allocated even the bloc-wide program is blocked, via a series of bilateral agreements between EU member states and Ukraine.

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