NSPA General Manager visits Ukraine to discuss Trust Funds

22 May 2019

On 21 May, NSPA General Manager, Mr Peter Dohmen, and Director of Support to Operations, Mr Orhan Muratli, held discussions with Ukrainian officials about the various Trust Fund projects for which the Agency is an executing agent and visited a medical rehabilitation centre supported by a NATO Trust Fund.

In discussions with the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ms Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and the Minister for Social Policy, Ms Andrii Reva, the General Manager provided an update on the implementation of the NATO Trust Funds in Ukraine. These include the disposal of unserviceable munitions, logistics and standardisation, radioactive waste disposal, explosive ordnance/counter-IED measures and medical rehabilitation.

During his meeting with the Vice Prime Minister, Mr Dohmen signed the contract to commence work on the next stage of radioactive waste disposal at the Ministry of Defence site Tsybuleve which will take place under the leadership of Germany over the next year and a half. “The signing of the contract for the project in Tsybulevе is an important step towards the successful completion of the programme for elimination of radioactive waste in Ukraine,” the General Manager highlighted.

The Ministry of Social Policy is the designated lead ministry for the implementation of the NATO Trust Fund on medical rehabilitation in Ukraine. This Trust Fund has been actively providing rehabilitation support to wounded Ukrainian service personnel since September 2016 and is actively supported by 18 NATO and partner nations.

The General Manager also travelled to Irpin Hospital, which is one of the biggest medical facilities in the Ministry of Defence’s medical network focussed on amputee rehabilitation and addressing musculoskeletal injuries. Mr Dohmen handed over an adaptive minibus which will be used to transport injured service personnel and to transport disabled personnel and to support access to winter sports for them in Tysovets.

“NSPA has taken an active and supportive role in promoting security and defence reforms in Ukraine through its work as an executing agent for the NATO Trust Funds. I look forward to advancing these projects further in close cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities,” stated the General Manager in summing up his visit.