On 10 February, members
of the Government presented a report of activites of
each particular ministry for 2015 during a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada
Committee on Economic Policy.
At the meeting of the
Verkhovna Rada Committee on Economic Policy were participating Vice Prime
Minister/Minister of Culture of Ukraine Viacheslav Kyrylenko, Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Regional
Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii
Zubko, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of
Ukraine Hanna Onyshchenko, Minister of Health Care
Olexandr Kvitashvili, Minister of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry
Volodymyr Demchyshyn, Minister of Social Policy Pavlo
Rozenko, Minister of Defense
Stepan Poltorak, Interior
Minister Arsen Avakov, Justice
Minister Pavlo Petrenko, Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko,
Minister of Infrastructure Andrii Pivovarsky,
Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Oleksii Pavlenko, Minister of Education and Science Serhii Kvit.
The Ministers took
part in the meeting of the Committee, reported on guidelines of their activities
and answered questions of MPs.
Vice Prime Minister/Minister
of Culture Viacheslav Kyrylenko
informed that outcomes of activities in 2015 include ratification of the
Agreement "Creative Europe", thereby the Ukrainians got a chance to
apply for participation in two sub-programmes the Culture and the Media with a budget
of around ˆ1.5 billion. "Our creative people and our art managers, after
the National Bureau of the Program is established, will get access to the
project grants estimated between ˆ100 thousand and ˆ2 million", he said. The
adoption of the law on state support of cinematography has provided additional
opportunities for leveraging domestic and foreign investments into Ukrainian
Vice Prime Minister/ Minister of Regional Development,
Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii
about a number of crucial
reforms the Government of. In particular, it is a
public administration reform in
Ukraine should root out the Soviet
system. "Therefore, the decentralization reform
a core reform, which will allow Ukraine to
integrate with the European Union and guide by the
democratic principles to ensure taking
decisions and outlining priorities by
the communities, inter alia: how to develop a particular community, particular region, which
industries need investment flows, how to improve the quality of
life", stressed the Vice Prime Minister. He thanked the
Parliament for voting for the laws on decentralization which enabled the launch of the process of association
of communities" and to form 159 amalgamated communities in
2015. Hennadii Zubko
stressed the importance of amendments to the Constitution regarding
decentralization. In addition, according
to him, an important
achievement of last year’s was fiscal
funding worth UAH 24 bn
were directed to local budgets in
order to promote the development of local
achievement was the launch of
deregulation process in SACI (State Architectural and Construction
Inspection of Ukraine).
Minister of Social Policy Pavlo
Rozenko noted that through the programme of
providing subsidies to citizens to
compensate for the housing and communal
services, social workers promote energy savings. "As,
the end of the season, those who are
saving will have on their personal
accounts a certain amount of subsidies, then the Government will make a
decision: either to allow citizens to further use this subsidy or
there are options to monetize the relevant sum and to afford the people to invest these funds into energy saving
the following seasons", he stressed.
Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko emphasized
that despite the difficult financial and economic situation in the country in
the beginning of 2015, in the end of the year the Government had managed to
stabilize the financial and budgetary system of the country and prevented a
financial collapse. In particular, the State Treasury accounts are full, and
the Government has enough cash to duly transfer all social welfare payments. Moreover,
in December 2015 pensions were even paid in advance for January 2016. Apart
from that, the reserves of the National Bank, which could only cover one month
supply of import goods critically needed for the country (USD 5b), were
increased and can now cover three months of critically needed imports (USD 13b).
«Last year, our joint efforts helped
us cope with the most critical economic challenges and stabilize the situation.
However, this stability is still fragile, which is why we will continue our
structural reforms and stick to the prudent budget policy to lay a solid base
for a sustainable economic growth», the Minister of Finance said.
pointed out that this year the Ministry of Agriculture and Food had achieved
unprecedented results in the agrarian export - 11 billion, in the grain export
- 35 million, in the export of meat and dairy products - 253 thousand tons. "Almost
100 Ukrainian dairy companies are able to export their products to nine
countries," noted Oleksii Pavlenko,
commenting on the achievement in the development of new markets.
Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko noted that the Ministry had conducted the
audit, personnel reform, abolished unusual functions, as well as recruited new
employees through competitions. The Ministry of Justice pioneered in applying
the ProZorro system in its work. According to Pavlo
Petrenko, in 2014-2015 the Ministry spent five times less money on public
procurement compared to 2013. In addition, it introduced an online service for
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov told about the key stages of the reform of its
Ministry. The structure of the Ministry currently meets the European principles.
"The reform of the national police was the key reform for the past
year," noted Arsen Avakov.
patrol police successfully operates in 12 Ukrainian cities,
by the end of the first half of 2016 it would work in 17 towns, i.e. in all
large cities. The following parameters determine the success of the police
work: street crime fell by 8% and public confidence in the police patrol makes
According to Infrastructure Minister Andrii Pivovarsky, the Ministry prevented Ukrzaliznutsia
from bankruptcy, managed to overcome the crisis. It carries out repairs and
purchases new passenger carriages.
"Our Ministry is a leader in open data policies, any can go to the
website of the Ministry from the gadget and see who, what and at what price
buys, in order to compare with the market indicatives," the Minister
He prioritized the adoption of three bills: the two on the establishment of
a road fund and the decentralization of road management.
The Minister noted that the Government adopted the concept of Ukravtodor’s reform in May last year. Andrii Pivovarsky noted that it
was singed a lot of memoranda regarding investment, which will not come without
a decision on mass privatization.
Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Volodymyr Demchyshyn
said that there would be no prospects to balance the coal industry without an
increase in power generation at thermal power stations, which is the main
consumer of Ukrainian coal.
Meanwhile, Volodymyr Demchyshyn believes that
electricity exports could save the situation: "I mean the exports to the
EU, which is currently carried out as well as export to Moldova, Belarus and
According to him, it is necessary to intensify the legislative work that
will allow gas and electricity markets to start functioning fully.
The participants of the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Economic
Policy stated that the Government led by Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk
managed to stabilize the situation in the country and lay down the groundwork
for qualitative changes.