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Parliamentary questions
24 April 2018
E-001072/2018
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the Commission

To promote cooperation between Ukraine and its EU neighbouring countries, the EU adopted four Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).

These programmes are funded by the EU and implemented by Member States under shared management mode. Several of them, including the Hungary-Slovakia-Romania-Ukraine programme, which covers the Slovakia-Ukraine border, involve the reconstruction, upgrading and refurbishment of border crossing points whose main beneficiary is the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.

Given the great importance of these types of projects, the Commission granted several extensions in order to facilitate their implementation, including the border crossing point project on the Ukrainian side of the border with Slovakia. However, after significant delays and following a comprehensive assessment, the Commission concluded that limited activity had taken place, and that the project could not be properly finalised within the timeframe set by the financing agreement. The project is being closed and the unspent money will be reimbursed.

There is a possibility of including large infrastructure projects involving border-crossing points in future Cross-Border Cooperation Programmes, following the necessary agreement between the participating countries. These types of projects can also be financed and implemented at national level. The countries concerned have been informed accordingly.

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