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Arseniy Yatsenyuk concerning drastic changes: "Parliamentary coalition ought to find the courage to do what they promised during the election campaign"
25.12.2014 | 10:41
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

"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 said.

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 Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

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 following".

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.


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