The Polish Government
decided to allocate Ukraine a EUR100 million long term loan. Half of these
funds shall be directed at building roads that lead to international crossing
points on the border, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy
Yatsenyuk said this at a Government’s meeting on
Tuesday, March 31.
He said that
during his meeting with Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in Kyiv last week it was agreed that half of EUR100
million would be sent to construction, especially of those roads that lead to
international border entry points. "Because
we have European roads from the Poland side - and still the Soviet Union ones from
the Ukraine side," he added.
Minister also said that yesterday along with Finance Minister of Ukraine
Natalia Jaresko he met with World Bank Country
Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine Qimiao Fan. He
noted that the World Bank would provide Ukraine with $800 million for the
construction of the Poltava-Kharkiv highway, "But
we agreed to divide that amount - half will go to the Poltava-Kharkiv highway, and the rest - to repair existing roads,
as the state of roads in the country is just terrible."
At the same time Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that
the next plenary week the Parliament of Ukraine should "finally vote last
five laws necessary to make the World Bank project work." He
appealed to members of the Coalition Government to meet with all factions of
the coalition on this issue in order to ensure the adoption of bills, including
on the improvement of investors' rights in the country and the natural gas
According to the
Prime Minister, he would raise this issue at a meeting with the President of
Ukraine, as well as at a meeting with parliamentary factions.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that the Government had allocated UAH1.7
billion for the current, or so-called "pothole"
repair of the roads. In
addition, UAH700 million had been earmarked for mending roads in Western
Ukraine. "UAH 700 million must be fairly distributed," he noted.
Minister stressed the importance of quality control and use of the funds during
the construction and repair of roads:"In order to prevent celebration on
the issue [funds allocation-ed.]at Ukravtodor,
we should carry out spot checks on quality and on use due to well-known fraudulent
Minister Andrii Pyvovarsky
said that he was carrying on talks on an independent inspector with
representatives of Britain, Austria and Germany.