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GIZ has been supporting Ukraine’s transition process on behalf of the German Government since 1993. It is currently working on behalf of four German ministries, the European Union (EU) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) at around 20 locations in Ukraine, with approximately 150 local and international staff. Around 25 integrated and returning experts are providing support for the public administration, chambers of commerce and SMEs. The GIZ office in Kyiv opened in 2009.

The EU’s and Ukraine’s shared commitment to strengthening their relations within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is facilitating incremental economic integration and deeper cooperation. However, negotiations on an Association Agreement were unexpectedly terminated by President Viktor Yanukovych in November 2013, sparking popular protests and violent clashes which led to the President’s removal from office and a change of government. In an increasingly complex political situation, separatist movements emerged in the south and east of the country and a referendum – not recognised by the international community – was held. Since then, the Russian Government has regarded Crimea as Russian territory. This change in status is not recognised by Ukraine or by the EU, the US or other Western countries. In the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions there is continued fighting and thousands of people have fled their homes.

According to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the early presidential elections held in Ukraine at the end of May 2014 broadly complied with democratic standards. The aim now is to stabilise the situation and safeguard Ukraine’s sovereignty. Key reforms include combating corruption, reforming the justice system, and decentralisation. Another major challenge is to modernise the economy and infrastructure. In 2014, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement was signed and was ratified by the European Parliament. The Agreement aims to deepen political association and makes provision for a future free trade area.

For the first time in four years, government negotiations were held between the Ukrainian and German Governments in November 2015. During the negotiations, parties specified the priority areas of German development cooperation with Ukraine.

  • democracy, civil society and public administration, decentralisation
  • energy
  • sustainable economic development

German cooperation outside these priority areas includes in particular providing support for sustainably managing the crisis situation in the eastern part of Ukraine. Cooperation will also be continued in the area of HIV-AIDS prevention.

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GIZ Office Ukraine
Country Director
Sabine Müller

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GIZ Office Ukraine
44, Velyka Vasylkivska Street
01004 Kyiv
Phone: +380 44581 19-56/57
Fax: +380 44581 19-54

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GIZ Office Ukraine
44, Velyka Vasylkivska Street
01004 Kyiv, Ukraine

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