On 22 May, six medical facilities in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv opened following a large-scale renovation and modernisation programme. This became possible thanks to long-term low-interest loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
As announced at an official ceremony in Kharkiv, the EIB invests about UAH 53.8 million (approximately €1.83 million) in these six medical infrastructure sub-projects under the Early Recovery Programme (ERP).
Each project also includes a contribution from the Kharkiv regional budget in the amount of at least 20% of the total cost of the works.
The ERP for 2015-2021 was developed by the EIB together with the EU and the government of Ukraine. It provides €200 million in multi-sector framework loans to restore schools, hospitals, dormitories, social centres, infrastructure and living conditions for internally displaced people.
The programme covers five eastern regions (oblasts) of Ukraine: the Ukrainian government-controlled areas in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and the adjacent Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia oblasts.
The ERP is implemented by the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine. The United Nations Development Programme is helping to monitor implementation of the programme.
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