Lithuania supports a «Marshall Plan for Ukraine». This was stated by the head of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis at the meeting with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman in Kiev, the press service of the Cabinet.
Lithuanian politician said that Vilnius was and remains a «lawyer» of Ukraine, first of all, in the issue of countering Russian aggression.
«But today on the agenda and the economic success of Ukraine. That is why was born the idea of a «Marshall plan» that we announced and identified in Europe and the USA», – said the politician.
According to him, the idea finds support at the level of policy and funding.
At the end of March the European people’s party Congress, which was held on Malta, adopted a resolution on developing a long-term plan of assistance to Ukraine («Marshall Plan for Ukraine»). In the EPP resolution urged member States of the EU «through bilateral and multilateral programmes to provide Ukraine with military, humanitarian and economic assistance». The party also proposed to create a «broad investment package», aimed at accelerating the economic recovery of Ukraine.
One of the authors of the document, former Prime Minister of Lithuania and current member of the Seimas Andrius Kubilius stated that «the Marshall Plan for Ukraine» will be presented at the summit of «Eastern partnership» in November. According to him, the document praised the State Department and the U.S. Congress. Kubilius believes that the implementation of long-term «Marshall plan» will allow «to pour into the real economy of Ukraine up to €5 billion a year.»
In July the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine and the EU leaders discussed the possibility of holding the 2018 investment conference «Marshall Plan for Ukraine». August 25, 2017 the Ukrainian-Lithuanian project of assistance to Ukraine was presented in the European institutions.
The Marshall plan – the program of aid to Europe after world war II. He was nominated in 1947, the American Secretary of state George C. Marshall and came into effect in April 1948. The stated US goal of implementing the plan was the restoration of war-ravaged economies of Europe, removing trade barriers, modernising industry. The program involved 17 European countries.
The head of the Lithuanian Seimas stated that «the Marshall Plan for Ukraine» has both political and financial support 31.08.2017