Ukrainian Government has developed an action plan for 2016: “But it's not just
the Government's action plan – it is the agenda for future development of the
country, a country that has demanded that we should become a truly European
State”, stressed Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk in his Sunday
address on February 28.
The Head of
Government emphasized that the Government’s plan consists of two main parts:
the first is economic growth, including the creation of new jobs and a
reduction of poverty; the second is the restoration of the social contract, or,
I would call it, the principle of serving the citizens of Ukraine and restoring
their confidence in the authorities”.
economic growth, the Government has enacted a number of fundamental measures, such
as to consolidate the banking sector and resume access to credit facilities; to
conduct the effective and historically transparent privatization with the
participation of a wide range of investors and to reform state-owned enterprises.
Government’s plan comprises pursuing a new industrial policy, the appointment
of new and effective CEOs to chair 50 major state-owned companies, the opening
of new markets for Ukrainian exports, the signing of agreements on free trade
areas with Canada, Turkey and Israel, the establishment of at least four trade
missions to promote Ukrainian export in new markets and expand the map of
of our program is the implementation of the Agreement on free trade area with
the European Union”, Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized.
the Government offers to maximize the efficiency of investment of public
capital spending – “70% of it on road reconstruction, 30% will be used to
complete projects in the final stages of construction”.
hikes can be stopped through effective fiscal, monetary and economic policy. To
do this, Ukraine must adhere to the reforms in the framework of cooperation
with the International Monetary Fund and other international financial
institutions. We must ensure effective fiscal policy, switch to e-procurement
for all public institutions, transfer to direct welfare payments, take
advantage of the Governments recently introduced twofold reduction of payroll
tax and bring salaries out of the shadow, to implement the reform of the State
Fiscal Service, to fight corruption in the customs through the hands on
participation of experienced experts from western countries”, the Head of
the need to complete the reform in energy sector: “We have passed through the
winter without buying a single cubic meter of gas from Russia. Our
objective is to ensure the profitability and independence of the NJSC Naftogaz Ukrayiny,
to increase production of domestic energy resources and to complete energy
independence of the country within the next ten years. It is possible. The
replacement of boilers, insulation of buildings, access to the subsidy facility and payment for the
quality housing and utility services are the major components of our energy
reform for the country”.
crucial to continue land reform: “I consider necessary to sell through an open
transparent auction 1 million hectares of state-owned land, which is now being
used for corrupt and illegal schemes.”
Regarding health care reform, this year the minimum level of free medical
services guaranteed by the State should be introduced, the Prime Minister
views: “All the other items of expenditures should be funded from state medical
insurance fund, which must cover every citizen of the country”.
about reforming the education system, the PM accentuated the need to introduce
cardinal changes: “The essential principle of secondary education is not the
number of schools, but the quality of the educational process; to ensure
training materials and advanced knowledge for each student, whilst guaranteeing
decent wages for professional teachers”.
of curbing corruption, we must appoint a new independent Prosecutor General of
Ukraine, enhance the credibility and ensure the efficient operation of the
National Agency for the identification, recovery and management of proceeds of
corruption as well as the State Bureau of Investigation and the National Agency
for Prevention of Corruption”, highlighted Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The Head of
Government urges “it is essential to confiscate and return to the State 1.5
billion dollars that were plundered by the previous regime and arrested as a
result of the action of the Government in the Ukrainian state banks” this year:
“These funds will be allocated to improve the country's defense capability and
to increase social protection of the citizens of Ukraine”.
that, the Government’s action plan envisages the reform of public
administration and the judiciary, the fight against monopolies, the
introduction of rules and standards in compliance with those of the European
Union, part of which we are striving to become.
“It is my
program. This program should become our common program. These specific actions
require the support of the President of the country, his faction and other
sensible forces in the Ukrainian Parliament”, he stressed.
no time for delay. There is only time for action. The Government has
demonstrated action and is resolute to continue the fight”, Arseniy Yatsenyuk