The Government awaits that the
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will adopt the Law on State Budget for 2017, in line
with Ukraine’s legislation, before December 1. Prime Minister of Ukraine
Volodymyr Groysman announced in an interview with journalists in Lviv following his visit to the electrical equipment and automotive parts plant
of the Fujikura company.
The Prime Minister said that he had had meetings with three factions
of the Verkhovna Rada - the Petro Poroshenko Block, the People’s Front and the Samopomich (Self-Reliance) - to discuss the draft Budget
for 2017. Next week is due a meeting with groups of the Parliament "in
order to engage in a dialogue that will allow us to endorse not a populist
budget, but a real and seminal budget for the next year."
on the Parliament that it will ensure timely considering of all proposals so
that we could adopt this Budget," he said.
the Prime Minister noted that populists would prey on the issues related to the
Budget, accusing it of being “a cutthroat budget”. Volodymyr Groysman considers
such allegations nonsense.
The Head of
Government called on the Parliament to develop a constructive position.
on the Ukrainian Parliament do its utmost to consolidate around the adoption of
the Budget, therefore, this Budget will be a budget of development and social
justice," he said.
Minister noted that the Government had submitted to the Parliament a balanced,
realistic, honest draft Budget, with seven clearly determined priorities. Among
them are the national security and defense, large-scale construction of road
infrastructure, with planned UAH 35 to 40 billion to allocate for this purpose,
the agricultural sector, in which small and medium-sized farms will get support
worth UAH 5.5 billion. There have been envisaged a number of regional programmes as well.
about energy modernization he explained it is supposed to allot UAH 3.8 bn to help local authorities using local resource and that
from cooperation with international financial organizations to gain energy
the draft Budget contains an increase in salaries of teachers by almost 30% and
doctors by almost 20%. From December 1 this year, the Government will raise
social standards by 10% with further growth by 10% the following year.
Groysman noted he views such improvement of social standards as insufficient,
but their growth depends on the growth of the national economy.