Thanks to the joint work of all branches of power in Ukraine - the President, the Government and the Parliament - and the appropriate coordination with our international partners, Ukraine has fulfilled the conditions necessary for the disbursement of the second tranche of macro-financial assistance from the European Union.
This was stated by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal during a meeting with the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis.
Denys Shmyhal thanked Valdis Dombrovskis for the EU's readiness to continue providing financial, investment and technical assistance to Ukraine on the path of systemic internal transformations.
"Indeed, an important step in supporting us will be the allocation of the second tranche of macro-financial assistance before the completion of the current program in September this year. Ukraine has met all the conditions for receiving it," the Head of Government said.
Thus, according to the Prime Minister, Ukraine has increased the transparency and efficiency of medical procurement, continued pursuing the reform of tax and customs services, and resumed the competitive procedure for selection for civil service positions.
Also, Denys Shmyhal noted, a number of important steps have been taken to improve the functioning of the anti-corruption infrastructure. Work continues on the legislative basis aimed to expand the powers of private bailiffs and to simplify access to this profession, the Law of Ukraine was adopted and the relevant decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine based on it to establish the Economic Security Bureau. The corporate governance system of state-owned enterprises is also being reformed and the functioning of the natural gas market has been improved.
For his part, the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission noted that the European Union has mobilized unprecedented financial and technical assistance for Ukraine. And the provision of the first tranche of macro-financial assistance in the amount of EUR 600 million in 2020 had been a sign of solidarity between the EU and Ukraine.
"Ukraine has made significant efforts towards implementation of the EU macro-financial assistance conditions and based on the preliminary analysis we can consider conditions as broadly met," said Valdis Dombrovskis.
In addition, the Prime Minister noted that Ukraine had ensured the implementation of structural "beacons" and within the framework of joint stand-by arrangement with the IMF, which are necessary for the first revision of the program.
"We expect the mission in Ukraine to start working in September. All the necessary steps on our part in this direction have been taken," the Head of Government said.