member, together with those political forces that have formed the Cabinet of
Ministers, shares responsibility with the coalition for the future of the
state. The leaders of the political forces do not have a right today to engage
in populism and try to receive cheap political dividends," stressed the
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the meeting of the Government of
Ukraine on Wednesday, December 24.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded
that on December 23, the Cabinet of Ministers had submitted to the Parliament a
reform package, "which envisages reforms in tax, budget, customs, fiscal
areas, also deregulation, taxation of large business, change and optimization
of approaches to social spending, real facilitation to do business and reducing
the burden on small and medium business".
He stressed that the
Verkhovna Rada had taken into consideration all necessary legislative acts,
"I believe that the Parliament will not demonstrate politician [principles
– ed.] but principles of statehood to the changes that are crucial for the
country. With these slogans all political forces were entering the elections,
and now it's time to give answers to very clear questions, what these reforms mean".
has provided its vision, and this vision is the first step to make the year of
2015, at least, a year of stabilization. At most, in 2016, if we make all the
necessary changes - and not just adopt the laws, as they have to be followed, in
2016, we have the prospect of economic growth. Despite the fact that 20% of the
Ukrainian economy was lost," said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The next few days the
Government will work with the Parliament on the reform package, the Prime
Minister emphasized, "I just remind all Parliament’s members and all
coalition factions: it is a coalition Government. Each faction is represented
in the incumbent Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Each member of the
Government, in synergy with the political forces that have formed the
Government, is responsible, as is the coalition, for the future of the state.
And the leaders of the political forces have no a right today to engage in
populism and try to receive cheap political dividends".
"When it comes
to vital changes for the country - this means that everyone takes
responsibility. We, as the Government of Ukraine, have assumed this
responsibility. We have offered a clear plan of reforms much needed for the
country," said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
According to him, if
the political forces "possessed higher political will, the reform plan
would have been far deeper and more radical, similar to those reforms in
Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia”, "But even the first package
submitted by the Government, has already caused certain political resistance.
They are worried about the ranking. One should not think about the ranking, but
how to facilitate the country to develop, and neither tomorrow nor the day
after tomorrow, but for the years to come. The poles did that twenty years ago,
thus, today it is one of the key European economies. That’s as they weren’t
thinking about tomorrow. They were thinking what it would be in a year and
called on all the leaders of the political coalition forces, "Petro
Poroshenko Block, the Batkivshchyna party Yulia Tymoshenko, our partners
from "Mutual aid" and the Radical party formed a coalition, voted for
the Action Programme for the Government, delegated members to the Government,
gave promises to the people of Ukraine. Now all that's left is to fulfil".
"We are ready
for the most vigorous activity, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," added
day there will take place meetings of all profile committees of the Parliament.
And now the ball is in the court of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The time for
indiscriminate criticism has ended, as one should first read the laws, and then
express one’s position on them. Now, in essence, each article of a law, each
provision of a legislative act, all members of the Ukrainian Government will
participate in meetings of the relevant committees of the Verkhovna Rada",
accentuated the need to adopt the first package of 15 laws in the first reading
at the nearest session of Parliament, "Only aftermath they can approve the
law of Ukraine on the State Budget. Indeed, basing on a new tax, fiscal and
customs legislation and social legislation there were calculated revenues and
expenditures of Budget 2015".
The Prime Minister
appealed to the Verkhovna Rada members with a request to ensure the VR
committees approve in the first and second reading and in general those bills,
in case there is no disagreement concerning them.
He also highlighted
the need to adopt a law on transfer pricing, "to prevent extra profitable
large business hiding their income in offshore areas".
We should legalize,
completely unveil the entire shadow and illegal business existing in the
country," he was quoted as saying. He added these types of business
“exist, but pay both a bribe into the pockets of officials and extra profits
into the pockets of the owners of this business, mention also a gambling
submitted by the Government include higher responsibility, including criminal
responsibility, for illegal business that exists today, which has become quite
a frequent target for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Our task now is to just
close the business, and all that meets international standards is to legalize,
tax and the money – to direct to the budget", stressed the Head of
“With regard to
certain innovations, we have already adopted, let me remind you that the
Government has endorsed 5 packages of anti-corruption laws. Today one of such
laws shall enter into force, the one which paves the way for the disclosure of
information in relation to immovable property owners,” the Prime Minister