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
Minister stressed that "the Ukrainian economy shows small, but growth."
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.
agreed to speed up work on the implementation of projects of German business in
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.
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.
count on the technical and expert aid from German partners," said Volodymyr Groysman.
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."
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
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.