I welcome the
representatives of the media, members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
and representatives of the working group comprising leading Ukrainian experts -
those people who actually, together with us, have been writing a simple and
understandable recovery plan for Ukraine, I would like to demonstrate it to
On the one hand, it
is not timely to discuss the reform plan, the plan of recovery for the country,
what should be addressed in the economy, what has been achieved, what peaceful
goals we have set in front of us, as every day turning on the TV, every day we
hear information messages, especially after the trips to our ATO veterans, to
our soldiers, when we talk to soldiers, the wounded, their families - it is
hard to talk about reforms.
But the war will come
to end. Peace always comes after war. The peace we should be fighting for; the
peace we must attain through battle. It is timely for us now to think what to
do in the country, when peace is established, when
aggression stops. Hence, it is the plan to rebuild the country. This plan
envisages both ending the aggression and restoring the state as a whole.
First of all, I would
like to dispel any discussions about various kinds of reform plans,
that are much needed for Ukraine. These have been offered by many, at least a number of them are talked about. And
everyone says that we need a strategic plan, a new, different one, much better.
The position of the
Government is to avoid “reinventing the wheel”, especially, to engage in reform
populism. Here is the plan of reforming the country. It has been elaborated for
seven years. It was signed by the President and the Prime Minister. This plan
of reforming the country is the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the
European Union. I don’t think that someone can create another more
comprehensive and informative document like that.
Therefore, in terms
of strategic reforms, these policy reforms take 700 pages in the document,
which was being elaborated throughout 7 years, signed by Ukraine and the European
Union and which should be instantly ratified.
As for the tactical
steps, that are urgent, vital and necessary for the country, and in order to
stabilize the situation - I emphasize, not just to ensure resuming the economic
growth, to improve, but to stabilize the situation.
We have set several
goals, short term and urgent objectives for the state.
The first goal is to
stop the Russian military aggression and to restore the sovereignty of Ukraine.
The second is to
implement this prominent Agreement with the European Union and to introduce a
visa free regime between Ukraine and the European Union.
The third is our
soldiers, our military officers and our participants of the anti-terrorist
operation. After the war - rehabilitation and assistance to the participants of
the ATO and the rebuilding of Donbas, that will need billions of dollars and
years to come.
The next direction is
decentralization of power. One of our top priorities is a new taxation system.
Our goal within the country is to strike a blow on corruption and winning the victory
finally - to overcome the winter. Just to pass the winter through with gas, electricity, food, heating,
These are simple and
clear objectives the current Government has set.