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Deputy Minister of Finance Roman Yermolychev: Almost UAH 25 billion of budget funds have already been allocated to prevent the spread of coronavirus

The Ministry of Finance constantly monitors and informs about budget expenditures related to counteracting the effects of COVID-19. In total, almost UAH 25 billion have already been spent. This was announced by Deputy Finance Minister Roman Yermolychev yesterday, August 20, during an online discussion "Procurement of COVID-19: who and how spends budget funds."

He explained that UAH 16.9 billion from the COVID-19 Response Fund, UAH 4.8 billion from the state and local budgets had already been used, and UAH 2.7 billion had been paid to the National Health Insurance Fund to service providers under the medical guarantee program.

“As for the COVID-19 Response Fund, a total of UAH 66 billion is allocated from the state budget, namely: UAH 16.3 billion has been allocated for healthcare, UAH 10.6 billion for the social sphere, and UAH 2.5 billion for law enforcement. UAH 35 billion is envisaged for economic stimulus measures, UAH 0.5 billion for partial recovery of state budget expenditures and UAH 52.5 million for the education sphere,” the Deputy Minister said.

In his speech, Roman Yermolychev reminded that a special section has been created on the website of the Ministry of Finance, which contains up-to-date information on the Fund's expenditures in a convenient format and links to current legal documents on the Fund's activities. The section is posted on the website by the link.

The event was organized by Prozorro together with Transparency International Ukraine and VoxUkraine.

Deputy Minister of Health Svitlana Shatalova also took part in the online discussion; Head of the State Audit Service Gennady Plis; Vasyl Zadvornyi, General Director of Prozorro; Adviser to the Chairman of the Accounting Chamber Viktor Mazyarchuk; lawyer, independent expert on medical procurement monitoring Tetyana Rudenko and director of the Transparency International Ukraine Innovation Projects Program Ivan Lakhtionov.