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Support Group for Ukraine
Support Group for Ukraine
The Support Group for Ukraine (SGUA) was established by decision of the President of the European Commission in April 2014. The European Commission supports political and economic reforms necessary to consolidate a democratic, independent, united and prosperous Ukraine.
SGUA was created as a Task Force 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.
SGUA 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.
SGUA also helps to mobilise EU Member States' expertise and enhance strategic upstream coordination with other donors and the International Financing Institutions.
The Head of SGUA 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 SGUA's functional email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The operational staff of the Support Group is drawn from a wide range of European Commission services, experts seconded from national administrations and contracted staff.
SGUA is made up of a number of thematic teams corresponding to the essential reform priorities set out in the Association Agenda. These teams cover areas such as governance and rule of law, justice and home affairs, economic governance, agriculture, energy, infrastructure, health, education, and communications.
In October 2016 the SGUA 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: Pier Luca LEPRI
Energy and Environment
Team Leader: Torsten WOELLERT
Justice and Home Affairs, including anti-corruption
Team Leader: Frank PAUL
Team Leader: Andrea HOCHHUBER
Science, Education and Social Matters
Team Leader: Kirsi LINDROOS
SGUA is based in Brussels and can be contacted by email. Addresses are formed from the name of the person (name.surname) followed by @ec.europa.eu. Double-barrelled names are hyphenated.
The Head of SGUA and its various teams travel regularly to Ukraine.