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Ukraine and EU demonstrate solely active cooperation - a meeting of PM and Federica Mogherini
12.03.2018 | 11:38

Ukraine and 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.

"Our priority for 2018 is economic growth to the tune of 5% and more", the Prime Minister stressed.

"We 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 emphasized.

The Prime 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.

The package 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.

"We are 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.

For her part, the High Representative stressed that the introduction of a new macro-financial assistance program is "friendship not in words but in concrete deeds."

During the talks, the parties discussed the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Court in Ukraine and the continuation of the overall judicial reform and that of security sector.

"This 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.

"I 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.

Moreover, 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 this issue.

"It is clear we have no other option than combining efforts to preserve the sanctions against the Russian Federation", said Volodymyr Groysman.

The parties 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.

During the 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.



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