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Sergii Marchenko met with the European Commissioner for Budget and Administration

Today, on March 27, Minister of Finance of Ukraine Sergii Marchenko met with European Commissioner for Budget and Finance Johannes Hahn.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Minister of Finance for European Integration Yuriy Draganchuk, Deputy Minister of Finance Olha Zykova, Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) Ville Itala, Chargé d'affaires a.i. Frederik Cohen and Member of the European Court of Auditors Marek Opiola.

The parties discussed the implementation of the EU's large-scale Macro-Financial Program for 2023 and cooperation with the European Commission and OLAF in improving the protection of EU funds in Ukraine.

"I am grateful to the European Commission for understanding Ukraine's problems and promptly adopting constructive solutions that allow us to meet the most urgent needs of Ukraine during the full-scale war. Since February 24, 2022, the EU has provided Ukraine with EUR 11.7 billion in Macro-Financial Assistance, which was directed to maintain economic stability in the country," said Sergii Marchenko.

The EU representatives assured of their unwavering support for Ukraine and noted Ukraine's efforts to perform the conditions stipulated in the EU Macro-Financial Assistance for 2023. 

The Minister of Finance also emphasized the willingness of the Ukrainian side to deepen cooperation with the EU in the implementation of anti-corruption reform and to ensure transparency and accountability of the use of budget funds.

"We are open to cooperation with our partners to improve the efficiency of the use of both external financing and domestic revenues. Transparency and accountability are the priorities of the Government of Ukraine in building strong relations with our allies", the Minister of Finance of Ukraine said.

During the meeting, the Administrative Agreement on Cooperation between the European Anti-Fraud Office and the State Audit Service of Ukraine was signed.