the Government in 2018 will be the healthcare system reform, education reform,
in particular improving social support for teachers, and continuing of the
reform of the Customs.
announced by Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Olexandr
Saienko in an interview with the RBK-Ukraine.
"A lot has
been done, but this is not the reason to slow down. The challenges for the
Government in 2018 will be further activities to pursue the healthcare reform,
for which we have already adopted a large package of regulatory acts, as well
as the reform of education, within the framework of which the Prime Minister
initiated to modernize equipment for the junior school so that to provide
children with better opportunities to study. In addition, we proposed a reform
of vocational education as well as special social security for teachers,
including raising social standards," the Minister told.
He noted that the
Government will prolong the reform of the Customs. "We want to equip our
borders with hardware to analyze the goods in automatic mode, which is a
large-scale anti-smuggling initiative," Olexandr
that one of his objectives and tasks for the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
Reform Office, he chairs, is the support of the Prime Minister's initiatives in
the framework of key reforms.
The Minister of
the Cabinet of Ministers noted that in 2017 the Prime Minister pushed forward a
number of essential reforms and initiatives – the healthcare reform and the
Available Medicines program, education reform, that of energy efficiency, in
the framework of which the relevant fund was created, the pension reform and an
initiative to increase minimum salary, the tax reform, in particular electronic
VAT refunds, business climate improvements, road infrastructure development,
and further decentralization reform.
According to Oleksandr Saienko, the
introduction of reforms requires, among other things, "effective
interagency cooperation, as well as a dialogue with Parliament". "As
a person directly responsible for the dialogue and coordination with the Verkhovna Rada of the key
legislative initiatives of the Government, I devote considerable time to
discussions with members of parliamentary factions and groups to ensure the
passage of reforms," stressed Oleksandr Saienko.
that the Prime Minister attaches great importance to the formation of an
effective dialogue with the Verkhovna Rada, since mutual understanding with the legislative body
on key issues is the condition for the adoption of reform laws. As an example
of such cooperation, he told about efficient collaboration with the deputy
corps last fall, which had allowed for a number of important reforms to be
launched at the end of the year and timely adoption of the State Budget for