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Volodymyr Groysman: Deepening of cooperation between Ukraine and Visegrad Four will improve the reform process and foster integration with the EU
06.09.2016 | 19:29

Deeper collaboration between Ukraine and V4 countries will enable the country to improve the process of holding reforms and facilitate integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic environment. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman at a joint press conference with the heads of government of the Visegrad Group following the meeting in the framework of the 26-th Economic Forum in Krynica, 6 September.

"We are absolutely optimistic about the future. We believe that we have a very good basis for deepening our cooperation. We believe that deeper cooperation with the Visegrad Four states will give an opportunity for us to raise the efficiency in pursuing the reforms in the country and to foster our integration with the European and Euro-Atlantic community", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.

The Prime Minister highlighted that the Government of Ukraine is eager to intensify interaction with the Visegrad Four.

"I believe that we have a huge potential for the development of our relations. I assure you that deepening of our cooperation will yield great benefits for our countries", Volodymyr Groysman said.

The Head of the Government reassured his interlocutors in the immutability of Ukraine's course towards European integration. Ukraine expects for faster ratification of the Association Agreement with the European Union.

In this context, he thanked for the support of the V4 member countries regarding the entry into force of the Association Agreement with the EU and the introduction by the EU of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens.

"Our path towards European integration is rather complicated amid aggression, but over the years Ukraine has undertaken important changes", said the Head of Government.

So, there has been achieved progress in public administration sector, confidence in the justice system is being restored, an effective fight against corruption has been launched, the energy system sees retrofitting and efforts are made to increase energy independence of the country, said the Prime Minister.

In this context, Volodymyr Groysman thanked the countries of the Visegrad Group for the backup in this sphere, in particular Slovakia.

He said that the scheduled meeting would concern considering a number of initiatives to deepen cooperation in infrastructure, economy and energy domains.

"There is a series of objectives that can be discussed in the short and medium term, which will make our countries stronger and, of course, our relations will be mutually beneficial", said Volodymyr Groysman.

The Prime Minister also congratulated Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Beata Szydlo on the start of Poland's presidency in Visegrad Group on 1 July and thanked for the initiative to hold meetings in this format.


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