Development Cooperation with Ukraine

Ukraine remains a priority partner for Lithuania in the Development cooperation policy agenda.

Taking into account the needs of Ukraine, Lithuania is consistently pursuing the transfer of good practice in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA / DCFTA), provides support to Ukrainian citizens, especially women, affected by Crimean annexation and the conflict in eastern regions of Ukraine, supports capacity building of public institutions, education and health reforms and the promotion of entrepreneurship. Lithuanian experts transfer their experience in the areas of public finance management, rule of law reforms, communications regulation and competition.

In 2019, EUR 1.33 million were allocated to projects in Ukraine under the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Program of the Republic of Lithuania, while the overall Lithuanian support for Ukraine in 2014-2019 totaled EUR 13.267 million.

In 2019, Lithuania launched a new project “Installation of educational and sporting facilities in Avdijivka School No. 2 in Donetsk Region, Ukraine”. The project is implemented by the Central Project Management Agency along with partners in Ukraine. In view of Lithuania's long-term support to the education sector in eastern Ukraine, the project aims to create modern training and educational facilities that would serve as a pilot project in a view to encourage reforms in Ukrainian secondary education.

In 2020, Lithuania, together with Germany and Romania, won the EU Twinning programme project in Ukraine in the field of competition. In 2019, Lithuania and Latvia started the Twinning project in the field of communications regulation. In 2019, Lithuania also completed three EU Twinning projects in Ukraine aimed at strengthening institutional capacity and implementing the Association Agreement in the areas of human rights, competition and plant protection.

In 2019, Central Project Management Agency along with its partners launched a European Commission project "Support for Public Finance Management in Ukraine". The Agency is responsible for implementing two components of the program: "Revenue mobilisation" and "Horizontal functions and management“, with a budget of EUR 29.5 million. The implementing Lithuanian institutions are the Ministry of Finance, the Customs Department and the State Tax Inspectorate.

Central Project Management Agency along with Expertise France is implementing the EU-funded program "EU Support for Rule of Law Reform in Ukraine" (2017-2020). The Agency is responsible for the fourth component of the program “E-Justice”, with budget of EUR 1.5 million. Activities of the project are implemented with participation of key justice sector institutions in Lithuania namely the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, National Courts Administration, Lithuanian Law Institute, Vilnius University and Mykolas Romeris University.