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Volodymyr Groysman and German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller discussed economic cooperation and interaction between countries at regional level
28.06.2016 | 16:20
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

On Tuesday, June 28, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met with German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller, the sides discussed cooperation in the economic sphere.

Volodymyr Groysman pointed out that Ukraine has 4.500 enterprises with German capital. Also currently Ukraine implements projects of the German technical assistance in the amount of EUR 600 million. "This is a necessary basis for the development and deepening of cooperation, "he noted.

The Prime Minister stressed that "the Ukrainian economy shows small, but growth." Ukraine has formed all the necessary legislation to combat corruption, which is essential for the German business. "We have everything for carrying out reforms in Ukraine," he stressed.

The parties agreed to speed up work on the implementation of projects of German business in Ukraine. To this end, in autumn 2016 Kyiv will host intergovernmental consultations on sustainable development of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Groysman also noted that cooperation between the two countries and at the local level should be a priority as well. "We have carried out decentralization, thus programs aimed at interacting at local level are extremely important today," he underlined.

In early 2017, Kyiv is to hold a partner cities conference with the participation of local authorities of the partner cities of Ukraine, Germany and Poland.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany Gerd Muller also discussed the implementation of energy efficiency projects in Ukraine, including the creation and the launch of the Energy Efficiency Fund. "Our goal is to increase gas production in Ukraine and reduce gas consumption due to energy efficiency," stated Volodymyr Groysman.

The sides paid particular attention to attracting the German support to reform the customs service of Ukraine. The Prime Minister noted that the customs reform envisages full technical modernization. "We count on the technical and expert aid from German partners," said Volodymyr Groysman.

Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany Gerd Müller also noted that he fully supports the intentions of the Government regarding privatization. "You can count on the help and support of Germany," he stressed.

Gerd Müller underlined that "it is important to start the process of German investment promotion in the economy of Ukraine."

"The largest European project in the economic area over the next 10 years should be the cooperation of Germany and the EU and Ukraine. We fully agree and support your government program, stressed Gerd Müller. We believe in this approach because your Government is sending the right signals to Europe."

The German side expressed readiness to share experience and provide practical assistance in improving the system of vocational education in Ukraine. The parties agreed to prepare a special program on involving educational institutions, business associations and chambers of commerce of the two countries.

Separately the sides discussed issues of IDPs in Ukraine. Gerd Müller noted that Germany understands the complexity of the situation with the large number of refugees and displaced persons in Ukraine. "We understand the scale of this problem, so we call on the international community to help the refugees," he said. In turn, Volodymyr Groysman said that the Government is making every effort to provide 1.7 million people forced to leave Donbas with the necessary assistance and support from the Government.


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