EU to loan Ukraine over $800 mn

EU to loan Ukraine over $800 mn Kiev: Ukraine and the European Union (EU) have signed an agreement for Brussels to loan Kiev 610 million euros (USD 811 million) in macro-financial assistance.

Ukraine's UNIAN news agency said the deal was conditional on the European Commission confirming that Ukraine was satisfactorily implementing financial arrangements with the International Monetary Fund.

The memorandum was signed by Ukrainian Finance Minister Yuriy Kolobov, National Bank of Ukraine Chairman Ihor Sorkin and European Commission Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn at a Ukraine-EU summit in Brussels.

The loan will be allocated in 100, 10, 250 and 250 million euro tranches and has a repayment period of 15 years. The interest rate on the loan was not disclosed.

In July 2010, the IMF approved a USD 15.15-billion standby loan for Ukraine "in support of the authorities' economic adjustment and reform programme".

Ukraine has so far received two tranches worth a total of over USD 3.4 billion. The provision of further aid was suspended in December 2010.

The IMF demanded Kiev increase domestic gas prices, an extremely unpopular measure in Ukraine which the authorities have refused to carry out.

IANS