Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman met on Friday with Vice President of the
European Commission for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis
Dombrovskis. The parties discussed the advancement of
the Government on the reform path and agreed on practical measures necessary
for Ukraine to be granted the second tranche of macro-financial assistance of
the European Union.
Groysman stressed that the Government had managed to create such an agenda that
provided the opportunity to continue cooperation with the IMF. In this context,
the Prime Minister informed that the day before Ukraine had got a positive
decision of the International Monetary Fund on prolonging the program of
cooperation with Ukraine and the allocation of additional financial aid worth US
$ 1 billion.
sides tackled and found accord on practical steps required for the allocation
of the second tranche of the EU macro-financial assistance in the amount of EUR
context, the Government is looking forward to the adoption by the Parliament necessary
laws next week, said the Prime Minister.
Groysman announced that the day before the Government had approved and
submitted to the Verkhovna Rada
of Ukraine a draft budget for 2017, envisaging for a GDP growth of 3%, the
deficit not exceeding 3% and containing clear priorities of the Government’s
activities. "This is a budget which is aimed to ensure stability in our
country," he said.
Minister stressed that the Government is committed to pursue reforms. He
informed the European Commissioner on the essential lines for the Government,
including a reform of the customs, public administration reform, of tax
administration, and judicial system.
urged to consider the possibility to review the quotas for Ukrainian products by
the European Union.
parties focused attention on issues of introducing a visa-free regime with the EU,
a decision on which, according to preliminary information, is due in October. Apart
from that, Ukraine expects for completion of the ratification of the
Association Agreement with the EU in the near future, highlighted Volodymyr
this will have a positive impact on the development of our bilateral relations
and such mechanisms will deepen our cooperation", said the Prime Minister.
In turn, Vice-President
of the European Commission for the Euro and Social Dialogue Valdis
Dombrovskis said the IMF decision on the allocation
of US $ 1 billion is a very positive signal. "The EU is also ready to move
in the direction of the second tranche of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine
worth EUR 600 million, provided that you have met all the requirements agreed
upon earlier. If this is done, this tranche will be granted this year," he
of the European Commission also welcomed the efforts of the Government to ensure
macro-economic stability, to achieve economic growth, reduce inflation in the
country: "We must admit that much has been done to stabilize the situation
and implement the ambitious programme of
reforms," he said.
parties also discussed the situation in the east of Ukraine and the
implementation of the Minsk agreements. In this context, Valdis
Dombrovskis said that the European Council had decided
to extend for 6 months the sanctions against the Russian Federation. He also
assured of support by the European Union for the sovereignty and territorial
integrity of Ukraine.