Date: 6 months ago   Category: Economy

Ukraine has voluntarily contributed 400 thousand dollars in the budget of the Council of Europe


In Strasbourg the procedure of implementation of a voluntary contribution of Ukraine to the budget of the Council of Europe of $400 thousand has been complete today.

In representation have reminded that the financial situation in SE has sharply worsened in 2017 when the Russian Federation used financial blackmail of the organization and in defiance of the international legal obligations has refused to pay contributions to the budget of the Council of Europe until also 8203 are restored; & 8203; full participation of her delegation in PACE.

"This step has put the organization in especially difficult situation as within the last decade the budget of the Council of Europe was formed in the conditions of reduction of the budgetary expenses in the majority of member states. In these conditions the government of Ukraine has decided to support the Council of Europe financially. We have made a voluntary contribution in addition to the obligatory payments to the budget", - it is said in the statement.

Money will be used in spheres of cooperation which are priority both for the Council of Europe, and in the context of cooperation with Ukraine.

Ukraine, in particular, has financed the following directions of cooperation: functioning of the European Court of Human Rights, fight against corruption and money laundering, prevention of tortures, fight against racism and intolerance, integration of Roma and nomads into society, protection of minorities, development of equality of women and men, protection of cultural heritage, protection of journalism and safety of journalists.

"During the difficult period of modern history of Ukraine we became the recipient of the help from the Council of Europe. I am glad that today Ukraine became the donor of such help. It is the act of solidarity of Ukraine with the Council of Europe in times, dark for the organization, when her ability to protect own values and the principles is tested for durability", - the permanent representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmitry of >
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin has noted has urged other countries to join an initiative of Ukraine for opposition of Russia which uses financial blackmail against SE.

"In these hard times the organization needs support. Join us, otherwise SE won't protect the values and the principles any more", - he has written to Twitter.

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