On Thursday, May
26, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with the Ambassadors of the Nordic and Baltic countries. The
sides discussed prospects for liberalization of EU-Ukraine visa regime, implementation
of the Minsk agreements, further steps of the Government as to reforms as well
as prospects for cooperation between the countries.
Minister informed that the new Government along with the Strategic Advisory Group
for supporting reforms in Ukraine worked out the operational plan of priority
steps by the end of 2016, which would be approved at an extraordinary meeting
of the Government on Friday, 27 May.
According to him,
the plan includes five priority areas of the Government’s work, including:
macroeconomic stabilization, improving the quality of public administration and
public services, effective fight against corruption, judicial reform, creating
favorable conditions for the business development.
formed Government is focused on further European integration, carrying out comprehensive
reforms, active struggle against corruption," underlined the Prime
informed his interlocutors about measures undertaken by the Government in these
particular, the Cabinet of Ministers made decisions on the introduction of a
single market-based price for gas and the single customs window, medicine market
deregulation, the competitive appointment of the management of state-owned
enterprises and ensuring open government procurement, preparation of public
auction of Odesa Portside Plant privatization, support for the work of
anti-corruption bodies. The
Government will also continue deregulation, decentralization and changing the
system of Ukrainian customs.
The Prime Minister emphasized that European
and Euro-Atlantic Integration remains one of the Government’s main priorities, proof
of which is the establishment of the position of Vice Prime Minister for
European and Euro-Atlantic Integration for the first time. It is occupied by Ivanna
this context, the Government is still focused on completing the ratification of
the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, noted Volodymyr Groysman.
Minister raised the issue on liberalization of the visa regime by the EU for
stressed the importance and symbolism of this decision for Ukraine and
expressed hope that "with your support, the support of your countries and
our partners we will get a positive decision of the European Parliament as soon
In her turn, Vice
Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration noted that that it is
necessary to evaluate each country- applicant for the visa-free regime with the
EU individually. She
pointed out that Ukraine met all the criteria of the Visa Liberalization Action
Plan and is looking forward to the decision by the EU.
"We think that the approach when
Ukraine, Kosovo, Georgia and Turkey consider the “one package” is completely
false. We believe that it is important to assess each country in accordance
with the conditions and the commitments that we have undertaken," noted the Vice Prime Minister. "Deep discussion and adoption of a
decision on suspending the visa-free regime might take a lot of time. And
binding of visa-free regime in a decision on the mechanism of suspension of its
operation may result in undue delay. It’s something we can’t afford. Because it is a
decision about our dialogue, it is about our mutuality, it’s about the
implementation of the commitments of both sides."
Prime Minister also informed that the day before the Mission of the
International Monetary Fund completed its work in Ukraine. According
to him, it has been done substantial work and determined a further action plan.
The meeting also
discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements and prolongation of the sanctions
In turn, the Ambassadors
of the Nordic and Baltic states welcomed the decision of the Government to
achieve energy independence of Ukraine and stressed the need for continued
structural reforms in Ukraine, including in the fight against corruption and
changes in the judicial system. They
assured the willingness of the Nordic and Baltic countries to support Ukraine
on the path of reform.
also welcomed the return to Ukraine of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko
and assured their commitment to the policy of condemning the military
aggression in eastern Ukraine and the Crimea's annexation by Russia.
also thanked the Ambassadors of the Nordic and Baltic countries for supporting
Ukraine and called for strengthening cooperation of the states.