The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the State Budget of Ukraine for 2016.
It was supported by 263 MPs.
Before the vote,
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk expressed gratitude "to each MP
of the People’s Front, the Poroshenko Block, the Self-Reliance, the Radical Party,
groups of MPs and factions": "In the process of elaboration of this
budget and all amendments to the tax legislation you helped to improve it. All
together we have managed to make those acts of legislation that were proposed
by the Government, better, stronger and more efficient".
The Head of
Government stressed that several years ago the tax on salary, single social
contribution (SSC) had been a burden on business, the employee and the
employer. Now, he emphasized, the SSC will be cut twofold - from 41% to 22%.
hardly believed that our fiscal decentralization, which was widely criticized,
including by the Parliament members, would provide an opportunity to increase
the revenues of local budgets by 40%. And this is the money to be spent on
hospitals, on schools, on infrastructure", accentuated Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
"We have finally
reached understanding in the issues of both collection and reimbursement of
value added tax. We have adopted the new system of VAT administration and a new
public system of reimbursement of the value added tax. And it's your and our joint
achievement", he stressed.
emphasized that the Government supports "all the proposals of parliamentary
factions designed to ensure economic stabilization of the country." In
particular, he noted, to finance the activities of the MFA the planned amount worth
UAH 200 million is added with UAH 124 million.
Also, on the
proposal of the Radical Party, the Government takes a decision on the establishment
of an export credit agency, the founder of which should be Ukreximbank.
In addition, at
the suggestion of MPs there is planned to allocate UAH 400 million for the State
Emergency Service and the program to provide mammographers
will be restored.
Yatsenyuk reminded that this year social standards had grown by 13% for
pensioners and by 19% for the public sector. The following year, there has
been planned 12% increase of social standards.
"I am well
aware that we will continue work not only on this budget but on all the
reforms, in tax, health care and education sectors. We proceed with the work all
together step by step. Throughout 22 months none believed that the country would
make progress. I remain optimistic that we are capable to carry out reforms, we are capable to achieve the result, if we are united.
Unity is the key for Ukraine to be successful and a strong Ukrainian state in
the European family," Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed.