the European Union demonstrate exceptionally active interaction and have a
heavy agenda for cooperation. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr
Groysman made this statement during a meeting with
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European
Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
The Head of
Government noted only three months have passed that since the last meeting
between the parties and the Ukrainian side has an ambitious list of elaborated decisions
and the formed agenda for the coming months.
priority for 2018 is economic growth to the tune of 5% and more", the
Prime Minister stressed.
commend great progress of reforms being implemented by the Government of
Ukraine and we praise your initiatives on the implementation of the Association
Agreement. We see increase in Ukrainian exports to the European Union, which is
also an important signal for further development of trade. You can count on the
support of the European Union," the High Representative of the EU
Minister placed a special emphasis on the Roadmap of legislative support for
the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the
European Union for 2018-2019, which was adopted at the initiative of the
Government. The Roadmap is a package of 57 draft laws that encapsulate various
spheres of life, first of all, security, protection of intellectual property,
removal of customs and technical barriers to trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, improvement of the investment
climate, environmental protection, etc.
of 35 economic bills, which is a far-reaching initiative of the Government and
the Parliament, is aimed at ensuring a quantum leap in the path of reforms.
According to the Prime Minister, this legislative package should solve 5 main
tasks, inter alia, business protection, deregulation, improvement of the
business climate, easier access to financing and public resources, and
encouragement of innovations. Implementation of the decisions will take place
amid further decentralization process, corporate governance reform and social
transformations kicked off last fall. Issues at stake are education, medicine,
and pension systems.
grateful for the decision to extend macro-financial support. The focal point
for us is economic growth, because we have a great potential, hence our goal is
to unleash this potential", the Prime Minister underscored.
part, the High Representative stressed that the introduction of a new macro-financial
assistance program is "friendship not in words but in concrete
talks, the parties discussed the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Court in
Ukraine and the continuation of the overall judicial reform and that of
is on the agenda. As
the Government we fully support the establishment of such Court, and I want to
assure you that the Government, without any delay, will approve all
organizational decisions to trigger operation of this
court", said Volodymyr Groysman.
agree that the issue of the Anti-Corruption Court and effective fight against
corruption is a complicated and difficult process. We are there support you
issue step by step. And
here we commend your determination to complete the process [of building
anticorruption infrastructure – ed.]", stressed Federica Mogherini.
the parties focused on the security and humanitarian situation in Donbas. The
Head of Government informed about measures aimed to support internally
displaced persons and again raised a question of introduction of the UN
peacekeeping mission and the need for the EU to develop a single position on
clear we have no other option than combining efforts to preserve the sanctions
against the Russian Federation", said Volodymyr Groysman.
paid peculiar attention to cooperation in the energy sector, especially in the
context of execution by Gazprom of the ruling of the Stockholm arbitration
court, as well as fulfilment of other contractual obligations.
meeting, the Head of Government reminded that in the summer Copenhagen is due
to host the second major international conference on reforms in Ukraine. A similar event
took place in London last year. Volodymyr
Groysman invited Federika Mogherini to take part
in the event.