The Cabinet of Ministers intends to redistribute 7.6 million euros to support Ukraine, according to the draft order prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the funding will be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and the Central Financial Contracts Agency (CFLA) as Latvia’s development cooperation agency and an institution functionally subordinate to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is important that Latvia continues the implementation of social infrastructure projects and reconstruction work in Ukraine, especially in the Chernihiv region, in close cooperation with Ukrainian partners, based on previous experience in the work of reconstruction in Ukraine.
CFLA is planned to allocate 2.9 million euros, of which 2.4 million euros are planned to be allocated to non-governmental organizations of Latvian entrepreneurs – the “Entrepreneurs for Peace” foundation, the Confederation of Latvian Employers, the association “Tavi draugi” – for the reconstruction of seven social infrastructure projects.
Representatives of the Chernihiv region have provided information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about potential reconstruction facilities, which include a youth center, a rehabilitation clinic, a children’s hospital bomb shelter, a tuberculosis hospital, Anisiva, Ivanovsk and Koluchiv lyceums. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes that the list of objects available for reconstruction may change, taking into account the current situation.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the condition of the proposed objects and the amount of financial resources to be invested in them are different. There are objects that require major repairs and large financial investments, but there are also those that require involvement in a specific stage of the reconstruction project, such as project development, installation of roofs, windows and doors. It is possible to expand cooperation with other donors in the restoration of these objects.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes that construction supervision must be provided for reconstruction objects, as well as the presence of a project manager on site in Ukraine is desirable. On the other hand, in order to promote the involvement of Latvian entrepreneurs in Ukraine and its reconstruction, Latvian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and those NGOs that have extensive experience in providing support to Ukraine should be involved in the implementation of projects.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the Consultative Council for Development Cooperation is regularly informed about the issues of the reconstruction of Ukraine. The Confederation of Latvian Employers (LDDK) and the association “Tavi draugi” have expressed interest in participating in the reconstruction of Ukraine.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that LDDK is the largest organization representing Latvian employers in Latvia, which has international experience in implementing projects, including in Ukraine. On the other hand, the association “Tavi draugi” is one of the largest Latvian NGOs, which provides a wide range of support to Ukraine since the first days of Russia’s full-scale invasion, and also has experience working in Ukraine on the ground.
400,000 euros have been earmarked for the association “Centrs “Marta”” in order to continue the work started in 2022 and 2023 in the field of psychological support, another 100,000 euros are planned to be directed to building the capacity of Chernihiv region experts in reconstruction planning and European Union (EU) issues. 41,381 euros have been earmarked for an additional position for the implementation of CFLA reconstruction projects.
It is planned to allocate EUR 100,000 to the Ministry of Transport for the implementation of the Latvian-Ukraine digital memorandum in Ukraine, EUR 333,160 is planned to be allocated to additional positions in the central apparatus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latvian diplomatic and consular missions abroad, in order to promote Latvia’s involvement in the EU-level reconstruction process in Ukraine, to strengthen the Latvian embassy in Ukraine, as also ensure the successful implementation of projects in the central apparatus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
102,590 euros will be needed for the work of the seconded expert of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the General Directorate of Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations of the European Commission for work on Ukrainian issues. In addition to the posts, the planned funding of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2024 is 230,570 euros, including the strengthening of the Latvian embassy in Ukraine, Kyiv.
On the other hand, 4.3 million euros are intended for contributions to the European Peace Mechanism from the 11.4 million euros reserved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, intended for measures to support Ukraine and promote global security.