On Tuesday, April
19, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman had a meeting with the Prime
Minister of Denmark Lars Løkke
Rasmussen within the framework of
his official visit to Ukraine. The Heads of government discussed the prospects
of bilateral cooperation, opportunities to improve the business climate in
Ukraine and the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements.
Minister of Ukraine thanked the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark for
the visit, which is first in the history of Ukraine. "This is a historic
day. And for me, this day is also symbolic, as it is my first international
meeting as the Prime Minister," he said.
Volodymyr Groysman informed his counterpart that the
previous week the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine had approved the formation of a new
Cabinet of Ministers, the composition of which includes for the first time the
post of Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic integration, to which
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze had
been appointed. This decision proves that European integration is one of the core
priorities for the new Government, stressed the Prime Minister.
The Government is committed, "having new force and
energy", to accelerate the implementation of reforms in Ukraine,
highlighted Volodymyr Groysman. Among the main objectives for the Cabinet of
Ministers are to ease conditions for doing business, as well as to upgrade tax
legislation, the Ukrainian customs and root out corruption in these spheres.
"Business has to be developing totally smooth in the country", stressed
the Head of the Government.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine expressed belief that Ukraine
and Denmark possess significant potential for the development of bilateral
relations. In this context, Volodymyr Groysman welcomed the holding of the Denmark-Ukraine
Business Forum and assured that all the tasks our foreign guests had set in the
area of doing business in Ukraine will be "the homework" for the
In turn, Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Rasmussen
congratulated Volodymyr Groysman on the appointment to the post of Prime
Minister of Ukraine and commended the Government's plans to implement reforms
in Ukraine and to prolong cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.
"The best safeguard protecting Ukraine against Russia is a successful
reform process," he said.
Lars Rasmussen assured that Denmark would continue to
support Ukraine in its European integration aspirations and the implementation
of reforms, reassuring that Ukraine would remain among top foreign policy
priorities for the Government of Denmark. He also noted a growing interest in
the development of business relations with Ukraine.
Besides, the parties discussed the implementation of the
Minsk agreements. Volodymyr Groysman stressed that Ukraine was eager to abide
by the Agreements and had taken numerous steps to execute the assumed obligations.
In turn Lars Rasmussen assured that Denmark condemns the annexation of Crimea
and is resolute to continue the policy of sanctions against the Russian