The EU has increased its support to help mitigate the impact of Russia's destabilising actions in the Sea of Azov region of Ukraine.
During the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit on 8 July, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, signed an agreement on new additional support measures worth €10 million. The agreement, which was signed with Stepan Kubiv, First Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, includes measures to support local economic diversification and small businesses, local civil society and citizens' involvement in decision-making, improvement of community security and public safety.
The EU has stepped up its support to the Sea of Azov region since the beginning of the year working on new programmes for mine risk mitigation, as well as for psycho-social support. Additional EU support has been made available for local currency loans designed for small and micro companies creating investment possibilities for local entrepreneurs.
The EU will increase its presence through a programme office in Mariupol, which notably strengthens the support to decentralisation and anti-corruption processes in the region.
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