EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn has said the European Commission (EC) received the so-called "Marshall Plan for Ukraine," but it has already the necessary tools for its implementation.
"I have received this Marshall Plan from the Foreign Minister of Lithuania and I have carefully read it. Honestly, everybody everywhere is always talking about Marshall Plan. And there is an 'inflation on Marshall Plans.' We have Marshall Plans for Africa, we have so… I think the spirit of this paper is already solicit or we try to implement the spirit of this paper already today," Hahn said at Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference and the Annual Assembly of the EaP Civil Society Forum in Tallinn, Estonia, according to a video, posted on Facebook by Ukrainian MP, head of the Rada Committee on Foreign Affairs Hanna Hopko.
"We are ready to give money but not without any incentives or conditions. And in order to take care about our that spheres' moneys we can only give the money if the conditions are fulfilled. Sorry, but so say the level of trust is not very high, therefore we pay if something is done," he said, adding: "I have to admit Ukraine is around at the place 80 [of Doing Business ranking]. So, a lot can and should be done to improve the business climate in Ukraine and maybe in some other countries to attract foreign investors and also this is something we try to achieve."
As UNIAN reported earlier, Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis on August 31 stressed that Vilnius was and will remain the advocate of Ukraine in the European Union and NATO, first of all in the context of countering Russian military aggression.
"But today Ukraine's economic success is on the agenda as well. To this end we voiced and introduced the idea of the 'Marshall Plan' in Europe and the United States," Viktoras Pranckietis said, adding that the initiative was supported both at the political and financial levels.