The Government will continue to pursue reforms towards European integration course and expresses gratitude to the European Parliament for the adopted decision on visa liberalization for Ukraine. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stressed in the course of the meeting with Head of the European Parliament’s delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee Dariusz Rosati and with Chairman of the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee David McAllister.
In his opening statement of the meeting, Volodymyr Groysman noted that during last week a series of crucial events for Ukraine had taken place. In particular, the Board of Directors of the International Monetary Fund has finalized the review of Ukraine’s economic program under the Extended Fund Facility and has adopted a decision to grant USD 1 billion loan to Ukraine. Apart from that, Ukraine received a macro-financial assistance from the European Union in the amount of EUR 600 million. Noteworthy, the European Parliament adopted a decision on liberalization of the visa regime.
“It is vitally important for us especially in this difficult time. I consider we achieved a great progress last week, noted the Head of Government. - I really want to express my gratitude for your support and for these decisions which are extremely important for Ukraine".
The Prime Minister accentuated that the Government is committed to implement decisions stipulated in the agenda for further reforms on the way to the European integration. Given this, Ukraine expects to finalize the ratification of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
In this context the sides discussed the process of implementation of reforms. Volodymyr Groysman briefed interlocutors about measures undertaken by the Government in pursuing reforms, achievements regarding macroeconomic stabilization, as well as plans for 2017. Hence, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the Medium-Term Action Plan, which contains five essential priorities of the Government’s activities up to 2020 inter alia a pension reform, a land reform, reforms in education and healthcare sectors and a public privatization reform.
The interlocutors also tackled upon the issue of cooperation towards energy security. Volodymyr Groysman underlined the inadmissibility of implementation of projects OPAL gas pipeline and "Nord Stream-2" which undermine the energy security not only of Ukraine, but also of the individual member States of the European Union. In this regard the Prime Minister urged the European Parliament to attach a special attention to this issue.