To sustain achieved results, support ongoing reforms and development of Ukraine’s civil society, Sweden endorsed additional financial support of 380 thousand USD to the Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR) for a period of 12 months, effective on 1 August 2018.
“The civil society is a cornerstone of Swedish reform cooperation in Ukraine. Efficient reforms depend on the involvement of all stakeholders. RPR has proved to be a reliable partner and apply an effective model of cooperation between state actors and civil society in order to ensure democratic development in the country,” Mr. Vasyl Romanyuk, Program Officer of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, says.
The financial support allows continuity of RPR’s activities and aims to ensure the sustainability of Ukraine’s civil society. The RPR is the largest coalition of civil society organizations and experts, in Ukraine, joining efforts after the Revolution of Dignity. Presently, the RPR acts as a coordination center for 83 civil society organizations and 22 expert groups which support, promote and monitor the implementation of reforms. As a result of RPR’s advocacy, 123 laws have been adopted in the past four years.
"We are grateful to Sweden, a long-standing partner of the RPR, now becoming the biggest partner to the Coalition for the next 12 months”, noted Mr Taras Shevchenko, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law (CEDEM) and the RPR Council Co-Chairman, “For CEDEM this funding is, first and foremost, a great responsibility to the Coalition partners. We expect that during the following 12 months, the RPR will attain legal status and will be able to receive its own funding support directly" Mr. Shevchenko adds.
CEDEM is the co-founder of the Reanimation Package of Reforms coalition and provides organizational and financial support to the Coalition.