Today, Ukraine is undergoing a new political stage, thus we exert every effort to keep and to continue the reform path. There can be no compromise on European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Dynamics and deepening of sectoral cooperation, trade relations, political association can’t slow down, we only need to accelerate the pace of reforms having the available tools, resources, experience and support of international partners. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze during a meeting with EU member states Ambassadors.
"We have powerful factors that guarantee irreversibility of the European and NATO integration. This is primarily the choice and desire of the majority of Ukrainians to be part of the European and Euro-Atlantic society, as well as the strategic course towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine enshrined in the Constitution. Therefore, I am convinced that any changes in the leadership of the state will slow down our integration processes. This way is irreversible, and the role of the EU is incredibly important," Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed.
The Deputy Prime Minister emphasized that the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration is currently working on a transition book - a guide for the next Government to continue the ongoing European integration reforms launched by the incumbent Government. "As long as the transitional period - parliamentary elections, the formation of a new Government will continue, it is important not to lose time, but to continue the implementation of the initiated reforms. Therefore, the instructions prepared by my European integrators team will become an effective tool for our successors from the new Government ", she noted.
It is of utmost importance for the new President to have a strategy for the reintegration of Crimea and Donbas. The establishment of sustainable institutions is crucial for European integration. The existing institutional capacity needs to be preserved and strengthened further. New civil servants should propose an agenda for new ministers. "And we have to support them. Despite the tremendous efforts aimed at reforming public administration, we are still encounter a great resistance and rejection of the system. Therefore, international support at this stage is critically important ", the Deputy Prime Minister claimed.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze also underlined that over the past three years Ukraine has reached a fundamentally new quality of dialogue with the EU and NATO - cooperation has become more systematic, predictable and effective.
Moreover, the Deputy Prime Minister outlined the EU integration priorities for the near future. "First of all, we must focus on economic growth, improving the business climate, ensuring the efficiency of public administration, raising living standards and investing in human capital development, continuing education and health reform, strengthening security and defense capabilities, rule of law and fighting corruption", she emphasized.
In turn, the representatives of the diplomatic institutions of the EU member states expressed the hope that those ambitious goals being now set by the representatives of the Ukrainian Government will be implemented despite any political changes in the state.