£1.1bn of taxpayers’ money given to Ukraine by unelected EU Vice-President Dombrovskis
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Ukrainian Premier Denys Anatoliyovych Shmyhal (Денис Анатолійович Шмигаль, in Ukrainian) visited Brussels on Thursday last week and left a happy man, with a gift of £1.1 billion in his pocket on top of the funding the EU has already been providing to this man’s country.
Mr Shmyal is the new Prime Minister of the Ukraine – or at the least the part of the Ukraine which is currently not occupied or annexed by Russia.
On Thursday 23 July 2020 Mr Shmyal met the EU’s “Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People”, Valdis Dombrovskis.
Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary
Remarks by the EU’s “Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People”
“The EU has shown solidarity with Ukraine also in the face of the pandemic and last month it agreed to a support package of €190 million.”
“As part of our objective to help our neighbourhood cope with the fallout of the pandemic, we will provide Ukraine with emergency macro-financial assistance of €1.2 billion - it's far more than we provide to any other partner.”
“We are pleased to have concluded the negotiations on the Memorandum of Understanding for the new programme.”
Note: Typically the UK pays around 12.5% of the EU's bills.
About the EU and the Ukraine
According to the EU Commission, “Ukraine is a priority partner for the European Union (EU).”
Since 2014, the EU and its Financial Institutions have mobilised more than €15 billion in grants and loans to the Ukraine. Last year (2019) the EU’s exports to Ukraine amounted to just €24bn. To put this into context, the EU's exports to the UK last year totalled over £372bn.
Who gave the Ukrainian Premier £1.1 bn last week?
The EU’s “Executive Vice-President for An Economy that Works for People”, Valdis Dombrovskis, comes from Latvia.
Latvia is a country with a GDP of just $35 bn – that’s 78 times smaller than the UK’s economy and two-thirds that of the North-East of England. He was selected by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and his appointment was rubber-stamped by the EU Parliament. His only experience outside national and EU politics was as a laboratory assistant and researcher.
When we research and publish reports like this, we mean no disrespect to the countries we mention – in this case the Ukraine and Latvia. We feel obliged to put the size of the countries we’re writing about into perspective for readers and the public, to counter the Establishment narrative that the United Kingdom is a poor minnow on the world stage. It is most decidedly not.
The other reason we publish on matters like this is because few British people working in broadcasting or amongst the London commentariat ‘elites’ will ever do so. In fact we do not believe they have the first idea what the EU gets up to each day. They still seem to have some form of utopian vision of the European Union, built on aspiration and naivete, rather than any real knowledge.
The EU just never stops
The further largesse from the EU to the Ukraine is just another example of the way in which the EU disburses UK taxpayers’ money, with no Parliamentary scrutiny in Westminster. This is happening even though the United Kingdom has supposedly left the EU, and of course it now has absolutely no say in how the EU spends its money. If this isn’t “taxation without representation”, we don’t know what is.
To end on a positive note, the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Mr Denys Anatoliyovych Shmyhal, drives a Land Rover Discovery Sport. At least that represents one export from the United Kingdom to the Ukraine.
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