"The Government is ready for the most drastic measures. We believe
that the new Parliament and the new coalition are also ready for this",
said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a meeting of the National Reform
Council on Wednesday, December 24.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that the President of Ukraine, who chaired the
meeting of the National Reform Council, in his "Strategy 2020" had
clearly determined the priorities and objectives that Ukraine should reach,
"Is it possible to achieve these goals? Yes, possible. But in order for us
to become, in the strategic prospect, a successful country, to apply for our membership
in the European Union and obtain it, it is necessary to go through a period of rather
serious and drastic changes".
"Those tactical and strategic steps that are needed to carry in
Ukraine, have been determined in the President's Programme and the Government's
Action Programme, the one approved by the parliamentary coalition," he
The Prime Minister accentuated the need to "reform an ideology of
the political class", "A new Parliament has been elected, there is a new coalition, the new coalition Government. It
means that everything should be different. And when we talk about true changes
in the country, to have our positive tomorrow, today we are forced to take
measures that are rather unpopular".
"Today we ought to assume responsibility and say we can spend only
what we earn. Already over the past four years, we have accumulated the foreign
debt worth 40 billion dollars. Over 20 years we have taken less than over four
years of the previous regime. And it is for us today to service," urged
Through the military aggression Ukraine suffers, according to him,
incredible losses, in particular in the economy, "But the casualties cannot
be compared to anything. Therefore, in such moments the nation must unite, the
President, the Government and the Parliamentary coalition should assume
responsibility, explain and prove that this is the only possible way we are
He reminded that the Government had submitted to the Parliament “a number
of complex laws", "Someone says these are allegedly the laws needed for
the IMF. The IMF needs nothing - these are the laws much needed for Ukraine as
also, in fact, the programs with the International Monetary Fund, the World
Bank and other international lenders”.
"In the presence of the President of Ukraine, I would appeal to the
entire parliamentary coalition to find the courage to do what they promised
during the parliamentary elections. We have a coalition Government, we share a
common political responsibility before the country", stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
"The President has claimed responsibility, the Prime Minister and
the coalition Government are ready to pursue this course and be responsible for
each action. And we are convinced that the Parliament will also demonstrate a
new quality of the political class in the country. Not an elite, as before it had
been an elite. But now it should be the political class that works for the
people of Ukraine", emphasized the Prime Minister.
He stressed it was crucial by the end of the year to approve in the Parliament
“in particular, the laws that are the basis for budget legislation: a new Tax Code,
a new law on single social tax, customs regulation, a new Budget Code, transfer
pricing for large companies and, certainly, a package to optimize social expenses".
"The state cannot afford to spend such volumes for social sphere. Those
who cannot [support themselves – ed.], ought to receive assistance from the country.
And for those who can, the state ought to establish conditions, and they have
to learn how to use these conditions and earn. And by paying taxes to help
those needy and having low incomes, to help the country in this difficult
time," stressed the Head of Government.
According to him, the Government have made certain steps that are
crucial, "They are far from perfect. It is hard to imagine an ideal recipe
so that the next day we could wake up in a completely different country. This
is a complicated process".
The PM noted that making these steps, the Cabinet of Ministers builds on
the experience of the Western partners, "our closest allies and friends,
for instance, Poland". He remembered that in past Leszek
Balcerowicz together with the then Polish Government had carried out certain extreme
changes, "He's not very popular within the country, but Poland is popular
inside the European Union. So, we are prepared for this approach”.
"No post or no political position is worth anything as compared to
the fate and future of Ukraine. We are ready for the most drastic change. And we
believe that the new Parliament and the new coalition are also ready for
this", emphasized Arseniy Yatsenyuk.