Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman held a meeting on Thursday with representatives of civil society to discuss public affairs in the country and Government’s actions.
"It is crucial now to get feedback of what is happening inside our society, the country, to hear what worries you, what challenges you are facing, what progress we have and where we lack it so that to adjust the actions of the authorities", said Volodymyr Groysman at the meeting.
The Prime Minister informed the members of NGOs about recent decisions taken by the Government. In particular, to increase twofold the minimum wage, to introduce a mechanism of reference pricing for medicines, to launch e-asset declaration system, to abolish state regulation of prices for foods, to establish an Investment Support Office and a National Industry Development Committee.
Today, the Government in synergy with the National Commission for State Energy and Public Utilities Regulation has elaborated another decision to prolong deregulation which is to increase the limit for standard connection by companies to electric networks from 160 kW up to 5 MW, said the Prime Minister.
The evaluation mission of the International Monetary Fund completed its work in Ukraine. The Government continues bilateral cooperation and is engaged in activities on implementation of the reform plan, announced Volodymyr Groysman.
On the agenda are the following lines: the beginning of large-scale privatization of state-owned enterprises, speeding up of corporatization and change of management, a pension reform and elaboration of a land turnover model, completion of the civil service reform, upgrading of hydropower sector, coal industry, the customs service, the revival of industry and so on.
The Government has submitted to the Parliament a draft Budget for 2017, which contains an initiative to raise the minimum wage up to UAH 3. 2 thousand and is looking forward to the timely completion of the budget process.
The Prime Minister noted that the Government encountered the opposition in carrying out the necessary changes. He gave an example of decisions about simplification of registration of medicines and reference pricing that had been blocked both inside the Ministry and on the part of interested pharmaceutical lobby.
In this regard, the Prime Minister urged civil society to intensify pressure to ensure adopting of correct and crucial decisions for the country.
"I'm optimistic about the future and urge you all to pressure for the adoption of appropriate decisions. Public support proves necessary to influence approval of right decisions and implement them," emphasized Volodymyr Groysman.
During the meeting, the civil activists and Government members discussed implementation by the Government of actions in sectoral reforms, in particular, energy efficiency, healthcare, decentralization, maintaining economic growth and imporving living standards.
The meeting was attended by experts and heads of the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER), the Civil Network OPORA, the NGO Centre UA, the CASE Ukraine, a public initiative the Rehabilitation Reform Package, Centre for Economic Strategies, the International Fund Revival, a public organization Ukrainian Independent Center of Political Studies, the Institute of Social and Economic Research, the IK Concorde Capital, the Center for Economic Development, Charitable Foundation "Patients of Ukraine", the Eidos Center for Political Studies and Analysis, a public organization the Civil Society Institute, the Coordinating Council, All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Kyiv School of Economics and the Transparency International Ukraine.