According to media reports, the project aims to assist the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, namely, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Slovenia, and Croatia.
It is assumed that the main emphasis will be placed on developing the capacity of NGOs, civil society structures, and the media, which will help to “determine the course towards ensuring greater commitment to common Euro-Atlantic goals.”
An important place in the program is the fight against the negative influence of foreign states in the region, “sowing discord by spreading disinformation and financing corruption.” To achieve this goal, USAID plans to strengthen existing state mechanisms that support “transparency and democratic accountability.”
According to the document, special attention will be paid to Russia, particularly countering the “malicious influence of the Kremlin.”
It is noted that USAID has already requested $ 2.8 billion from the U.S. presidential administration for projects.