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Support Group for Ukraine
Support Group for Ukraine
The Support Group for Ukraine was established by decision of the President of the European Commission in April 2014. Its role is to support Ukraine in the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU (including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area), and of the Association Agenda which stems from it. The Support Group ensures that support provided by the European Commission – advice, expertise and financial cooperation drawn from across the services of the Commission – is focused and concentrated according to the Association Agenda, itself a core part of Ukraine's overall reform programme.
The Support Group also helps mobilise EU Member States' expertise and enhance coordination with other donors and the International Financing Institutions.
The Head of the Support Group is Peter Wagner, who reports to the President of the European Commission and to the High Representative/Vice-President under the guidance of the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
Peter Wagner can be contacted through Gavin Evans, Advisor for Communication & Civil Society (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Support Group is made up of a number of thematic teams corresponding to the essential reform priorities set out in the Association Agenda.
In October 2016 the Support Group published a report of its first year and a half of activity.
The Support Group is divided into seven sector teams, as follows:
Agriculture and Sanitary/Phytosanitary Matters
Team Leader: Markus KLINGLER
Economic and Fiscal Reforms
Team Leader: Julda KIELYTE
Team Leader: Stefan SCHLEUNING
Energy and Environment
Team Leader: Torsten WOELLERT
Justice and Home Affairs, including anti-corruption
Team Leader: Frank PAUL
Acting team Leader: Andrea HOCHHUBER
Science, Education and Social Matters
Team Leader: Kirsi LINDROOS
The Support Group is based in Brussels and can be contacted through the email addresses, which are formed from the name of the person (name.surname) followed by @ec.europa.eu. Double-barrelled names are hyphenated.
The Head of the Support Group and its various teams make frequent visits to Ukraine. The following rolling calendar gives an indication of attendance by the Support Group of various activities in Ukraine or elsewhere.