Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on
Parliament to adopt legislation on transparent privatization: "What
require today the Ukrainian economy and Ukrainian citizens is investment, new
jobs, real fight against corruption in the public
sector and depriving the public sector of any political influence to avoid manipulation
when voting and prevent trade in state-owned property objects." The Head
of Government said at the Cabinet’s meeting on Wednesday, 6 April.
"We leave strategic objects to be in public ownership,
we are not talking about their privatisation. The rest [of companies –ed.] is
offered to sell through a transparent tender," said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
CEOs of enterprises that remain government
property, will be selected on transparent
competitions. Six heads of such companies have already been appointed through such
contest. According to the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of
Ukraine Yulia Kovaliv, job
interviews to fill the posts of another six leaders are underway with appointments
to be made within two weeks.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that for one-and-half years the
Parliament had been expected to support a decision on holding transparent
privatization. He reminded that the framework regarding privatization had been
suggested for consideration at the Parliamentary Hall for 12 times, "and,
in fact, only under constraint one of the laws was voted for": "Why do
they fail to adopt the legislation on privatisation? Because the company, which
remains in state ownership, in the management of relevant central executive bodies
and subjected to influence of political forces, appears to be not a source of revenue
of the state budget, but that of political clans and political
The Head of Government stressed that once again there are
made attempts to suspend the privatization of the Odessa Port Plant, "as
they wish to further ‘sit pretty’ there or to privatize for nothing.
"The protest, which has now been lodged against the
decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers regarding the contests on appointment of
the new Directors, independent Supervisory Boards, transparent and public
reporting, audit of all companies proves that political will of the Parliament
to fight corruption in the public sector is weak. But the Government has that
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that NJSC Naftogaz
is now "the most transparent energy company in the country, without gas
oligarchs": "Major state-owned companies, that incurred losses worth
about 7.5 billion hryvnia in 2014, last year showed the
profit worth UAH 2.5 billion – hence, have improved the financial performance
by 10 billion hryvnia".
"A fierce competition for influence on public assets is
underway. The Government's stance remains invariable – to replace management of
state-owned companies, to hold transparent privatization", urged Arseniy Yatsenyuk.