Among the core
tasks for the next year are education and health reforms, transparent
privatization, further decentralization, a judicial reform. Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced in the Parliament during An Hour of Questions
to the Government in the framework of the report of the Government of Ukraine on
Friday, 11 December.
One of the goals
for 2016 was called an education reform, particularly upgrading secondary
education: "We have made progress in retrofitting higher education and are
in the process of implementation of the law on higher education. But secondary
education is the basis for Ukrainian youth to have the future".
for the following year is changes in the health system: "It implies the
transition from funding bed to funding medical services".
also stressed transparent privatization as a crucial issue for 2016.
Minister appealed to the MPs "to work efficiently and adopt necessary
laws, including law on privatization". He reminded that several times the
bills on transparent, fair, competitive and efficient privatization had been
considered in the walls of the Ukrainian Parliament,
however, they got no support.
"I call on
the members of Parliament to enable drawing foreign investment, increasing
jobs, holding fair, transparent and competitive privatization and to give a
chance to get rid of political influence in the management of public
enterprises. The way we did it in the NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, in which the new
statute is introduced, new independent directors are working exceptionally in
the interests of the state-owned company, but not for benefit of politicians",
stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
By the end of year
it is vital to adopt a law of Ukraine on the State Budget and a tax reform and
to endorse all necessary legislation, "to ensure 2016 to become the year
of economic prosperity": "I appeal to the members of the Ukrainian
Parliament to embark on a constructive discussion and to adopt these bills by
the end of year".
He accentuated it
is necessary to introduce new tax rules and new tax policy the following year.
Minister also stressed the need to continue the decentralization process. He
recalled that previous year there had been held budget decentralization,
"which provided the opportunity for local communities to increase their revenues":
"Now local communities and local authorities have about UAH 20 billion on
the accounts in the State Treasury".
"We have achieved
a lot in decentralization by devolution of functions to register business activity
directly to the local authorities. This gives an estimated 1 billion of revenues
for local communities. And the most important - it gives the opportunity for
the citizens to get public services at administrative service centers without
bribes, queues, corruption", stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
He reminded the
Agreement on free trade area with the European Union would come into force the
Arseniy Yatsenyuk noted that on 15 December there was due the report of the
European Union mission on visa liberalization between Ukraine and the EU. He reminded
that Parliament’s members had had "hard work and difficult discussions on package
of visa-free laws": "But despite the tense atmosphere we could have
voted for these laws. And I can declare that Ukraine has fulfilled all criteria
necessary for introduction of the visa-free regime".
deserves to have borders of the European Union opened for Ukraine, as also the
EU does. The borders will be opened for Ukrainian citizens", he highlighted.
views among the main tasks the completion of the judicial reform in Ukraine.