Ukraine and the European Union are stepping up the industrial dialogue
aimed to accelerate economic growth in Ukraine and to create opportunities for
engagement of Ukrainian enterprises in European value added chains and a
pan-European industrial strategy. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr
Groysman said during a meeting with EU Commissioner
for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta
"Today's meeting is of paramount importance. The commitment my
Government has assumed is to ensure sustainable economic growth. The industrial
potential is wide and varied. We are working to remove barriers to development
and get new incentives to move on in each particular sector", stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
"We see the progress of reforms, we see
how much effort you put out to bring about change. I believe we are able to
discuss the possibilities of different sectors of the economy, and we are
talking about Ukraine becoming part of our overall industrial strategy. We are
talking not just about support, but about the details and specific emphases of
our industrial dialogue", accentuated the Commissioner.
The Head of Government briefed the Commissioner Elżbieta
Bieńkowska about the agenda of the Government, the
priorities in its activities, among which are the strengthening of
institutional protection of business, facilitating conditions for making
business, improving the performance in the World Bank Doing Business ranking,
completing the formation of an anti-corruption vertical, and continuing
"We have embarked on the immense development of infrastructure,
road networks, engaged in discussing of concession opportunities", said Volodymyr Groysman. "Our
challenge is economic growth of 5-7%. We will speed up the dynamics of our
For her part, the European Commissioner emphasized that Ukraine actually
has a great potential for development, especially in the industrial sphere, in
the agribusiness. "That is why we express readiness to help to uncover this
potential - first of all, in terms of regulatory decisions", said Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska.
"We believe in free trade (with Ukraine), in a free market, we will be
consistent the WTO policies and a free trade policy."
During the talks, the parties also discussed cooperation with
international financial institutions and the issues of macro-financial support
for Ukraine by the EU.
"Ukraine already demonstrates better performance in many positions
today. Actually, Ukraine is an example for Europe in the context of state
reconstruction. You have to be proud of what you have done on the path of
reforms. And we should strengthen ties between our enterprises and within the
framework of industrial clusters", said the Commissioner.
Among the goals of the visit of the EU Commissioner for Internal Market,
Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska is to intensify the EU-Ukraine High Level
Dialogue on crosscutting issues and particular sectors of industry.
A high level dialogue, launched in March 2017, should help resolve
industrial problems, increase trust between entrepreneurs, attract Ukrainian
enterprises to international value added chains, and promote innovation
The industrial dialogue has become a platform for exchange of
information and best practices on ways to modernize and restructure the
Ukrainian industry, as well as to improve the framework conditions for
enterprises, in particular in the segment of small and medium-sized businesses.
And now the parties are planning to approve the Roadmap of the
EU-Ukraine Dialogue as an additional tool for enhancement of cooperation.