Italy has been
and remains a good partner for Ukraine, and Kyiv expresses readiness to deepen
and fully develop bilateral relations in the political and economic planes. Prime
Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stated during a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy Angelino
was the first meeting of the Italian diplomat with the Head of Government of
our traditional partner. We
have a lot in common, and we have an opportunity to build our good common future," said Volodymyr Groysman.
He thanked the
Government of Italy for the ongoing support of Ukraine in the matter of the
protection of territorial integrity and counteraction to Russian aggression. The
Head of Government stressed this issue acquires particular significance in the
context of Italy's Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2018.
country, the situation in Ukraine is always in the limelight. We
recognize the macroeconomic progress in Ukraine and see the challenges your
country is facing. So,
we are ready to provide you all the necessary assistance,"
said Angelino Alfano.
meeting, the parties discussed the progress of reforms in Ukraine and the
Government's economic plans for 2018. Among
those the key direction is the large-scale privatization under the new
Groysman invited Italian companies to take part
in the sale
of assets, and also offered
to assess the prospects of
joint implementation of projects in
industry and energy. At that, the
energy sector, according to the Head of Government,
may be of interest both in terms of joint work on the modernization of the
Ukrainian gas transmission system and of the participation of the Italian
business in the projects of gas production in Ukraine.
is demonstrating a growing trend and will grow further, hence we invite the
Italian side to cooperation," said Volodymyr Groysman.
Angelino Alfano stressed that recently the Italian
export to Ukraine had increased by 20%, while Ukrainian to Italy - by 24%.
"This is a good indicator. And with such performance, our partnership will
fast grow into strategic," assured the Foreign Minister of Italy. "We
rely on cooperation in the sectors of infrastructure, energy,
Italy enters the ten largest trading partners list of
Ukraine. Our country supplies a large range of agricultural products to Italy,
and is number one supplier for crops such as sunflower and rapeseed oil, corn,
and oil meal. On the results of 2016, the trade turnover in the segment of
agro-products between the two countries exceeded US$ 780 million. Over 11
months of 2017, the volume of Ukrainian agroexport to
Italy amounted to US$ 796.3 million.
Over 40 Ukrainian NGOs in Italy deal with issues of cultural-humanitarian
and volunteering activities to provide support to Ukraine. The Ukrainian
community in Italy has 7 sunday
schools, over a dozen online editions and websites.