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Volodymyr Groysman and Elmar Brok discuss progress of Ukraine in pursuing reforms
21.12.2016 | 20:39

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting with Chairman of the Committee of the European Parliament on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok on Wednesday.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister told his interlocutor about the recent approval by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the state budget for 2017 and budget-forming laws.

In this context, Volodymyr Groysman informed Elmar Brok about the Government's plans of reforms for next year. In particular, according to him, among the reforms to be prolonged are that of civil service, justice, local governance and decentralization of power, energy sector.

The Government is taking necessary measures to improve the effectiveness of an anti-corruption policy.

Among the priorities for the next year are also privatization and change of corporate governance in state-owned companies, sectoral reforms in education and healthcare.

The Government is optimistic about the prospects in the upcoming year and forecasts a 3% economic growth in Ukraine in 2017, said Volodymyr Groysman.

The Cabinet of Ministers will complete the formation of a medium-term strategy for 2017-2020 until the end of year.

Volodymyr Groysman also informed Elmar Brok about the nationalization of the largest Ukraine’s Bank PrivatBank.

The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament welcomed the adoption of the state budget and the actions of Government in carrying out reforms. According to him, this indicates the stabilization of the situation in the country.

"The steps to reform the judiciary, fight against corruption, to introduce an e-asset declaration, - all these show that the country is making good progress. In addition, we see expert estimates regarding the economic situation in the country - we see that performance has improved", said Elmar Brok.

The Prime Minister thanked the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok and the European Union for its consistent and continued support of Ukraine on the path of transformation.


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