During a working visit to Brussels, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal held an online meeting with leaders of Ukrainian NGOs in Belgium and Luxembourg on February 10.
The Head of Government thanked the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) for their assistance in organizing the meeting, as well as all the participants for their assistance in strengthening Ukraine's healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic and for volunteering activities to support the Ukrainian military and civilian population in eastern Ukraine.
In particular, the Prime Minister and leaders of Ukrainian NGOs raised the issue of simplifying customs control for humanitarian goods. Denys Shmyhal stressed that the Government had adopted a number of resolutions in recent months that facilitate the customs clearance of humanitarian aid.
"We are searching at what stages complications occur and are considering options to maximum simplify customs procedures. In December, representatives of religious organizations and churches said they had already felt relieved due to the delivery of humanitarian aid," said the Prime Minister.
Moreover, the Head of Government supported the idea of establishing an Advisory Council of Ukrainian public organizations abroad within the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
"We are ready for an open dialogue and search for a format where all Ukrainian organizations in the world could present themselves within the advisory body. It will be a good tool of mutual support and assistance," Denys Shmyhal stressed.
Answering the questions of the participants of the meeting, the Prime Minister also told about the tools to support Ukrainians returning to Ukraine.
"Yet this year we are introducing a program to start small and medium-sized businesses for Ukrainians who have returned and want to invest their money in Ukraine. The state will support them for such purposes. Today it is plus UAH 150 thousand to the funds that a person can invest. We are also working to reduce lending rates and facilitate access to financial resources of banks," said the Prime Minister.
For big business, he said, the Verkhovna Rada passed the so-called law on "investment nannies", when an investor is provided with bureaucratic procedures so that he can invest in Ukraine and create new jobs.
For large businesses, he said, the Verkhovna Rada passed the so-called law on "investment nannies", when an investor is provided with support to go through bureaucratic procedures to enable him/her invest in Ukraine and create new jobs.
"The President of Ukraine and the Government are making every effort to create favorable conditions for people to earn money in Ukraine and invest in the Ukrainian economy," said the Prime Minister.