The success of
Ukraine on the path towards economic transformations and fundamental changes
will become the key to the development of the whole of Europe. The Head of Government announced during
the plenary session of the 4th meeting of the Ukraine-EU Association Council in
The meeting was
chaired by the Head of Ukrainian Government Volodymyr
Groysman and the EU High Representative for Foreign
Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
Volodymyr Groysman emphasized that Kyiv and Brussels are taking stock
of the current year in bilateral relations which
appeared rather effective: this year the Association Agreement has finally
entered into force, and the visa-free regime for the citizens of Ukraine has
been introduced. And now, when the mechanisms of
cooperation work in full, it is crucial to work out a roadmap of effective and
mutually beneficial use of opportunities, assures the Prime Minister.
that the ongoing meeting will allow the two sides both to assess the progress
achieved in our relations and to identify concrete joint steps aimed to improve
the implementation of the Association Agreement and to maximize the use of the
potential of the Free Trade Area with the EU by the Ukrainian economy,"
the Prime Minister highlighted.
Volodymyr Groysman stressed that the implementation of the
Association Agreement and the Association Agenda remains a roadmap for reforms
within our country and briefed the European partners about the progress of
reforms, especially in the energy sector, public finance management, public
administration, decentralization, the judiciary, the formation of favorable
business climate, etc. The Head of Government added that yesterday, on December 7, the Parliament
had approved the law on the State Budget for 2018, which will become a pledge
of further economic development of Ukraine.
facing difficult challenges. We have certain difficulties while introducing each reform. However,
we can admit that we are building effective mechanisms to fight corruption, we
are talking about the completion of the judicial system reform," urged Volodymyr Groysman, "We focus on recovery of the economy and
partnership with the EU is essential in this matter. We have switched to a new quality of
decision-making and look forward to further support."
The Head of
Government thanked the European party for unwavering support for the
territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and extending the sanctions
policy towards the aggressor country. "Our unity in sharing the position of
making aggressor to abide by the civilized norms (of international cooperation)
and force it to restore our territorial
integrity is invariable", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
Head of Government expressed gratitude for the readiness of the European
Commission to launch a new program of macrofinancial
assistance to Ukraine for 2018-2019.
In turn, the EU
High Representative, Federika Mogherini,
emphasized that the EU commends Ukraine's strive to remain steadfast in abiding
by the provisions of the Association Agreement and its efforts to introduce
effective tools of anti-corruption policies.