15:10 08.07.2014

EU will respond better to raising humanitarian needs of internally displaced Ukrainians

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EU will respond better to raising humanitarian needs of internally displaced Ukrainians

The European Union is deeply concern over security and the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and will do its best to help to address these concerns, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule said.

"The European Union, including the European Commission, will do whatever is necessary to promote a dialogue and a return to peace and to help those who have been victims of the violent confrontation," he said in Brussels on Tuesday while delivering a speech at a high level meeting to coordinate international support for Ukraine.

Fule said that the EU was committed to ensuring access for its humanitarian and civil protection experts to assist affected citizens in Ukraine's eastern regions.

"The European Commission has mobilized funds from its humanitarian budget to support the training of Red Cross volunteers and to provide first aid supplies," the EU commissioner said.

Besides, he said that "to approve coordination and the provision of adequate information on internally displaced persons will help us to respond better to raising humanitarian needs."

Fule also said a condition for the sustainable stabilization in Ukraine is to make progress on the reform agenda.

"I would like to reiterate the EU's strong support for reforms already undertaken in Ukraine and encourage the Ukrainian government to take further steps towards constitutional reform, decentralization and judicial reform," Fule said, speaking for the EU and European Commission.

He said that Europe wants to see further action on the economy, trade and business and energy sector in the light of recently signed Agreement on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

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