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  • Statement by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal at Government session
    Communications Department of the Secretariat of the CMU, posted 29 September 2023 17:17

    Distinguished colleagues, fellow Ukrainians.

    Helping and caring for those who need it most is one of the primary functions of the state.

    The full-scale war has created a large number of challenges for us in the social sphere, while we channel all our state revenues to defence and security.

    Despite that fact, the Government has not delayed the payment of pensions, social benefits, privileges and subsidies for a single month.

    We have already carried out two indexations of pension payments during the full-scale war. Another indexation will take place in March 2024.

    Next year, it is also planned to increase the minimum wage to UAH 8,000.

    Meanwhile, utility tariffs will remain unchanged until the end of the heating season.

    At that, we are planning to increase the budget for subsidies. Thanks to the digitalisation of processes, all subsidies will be reassigned automatically this year. Those who need a subsidy and have not received it before can apply online - through Diia or the website of the Pension Fund.

    The Government also keeps a constant focus on comprehensive support for Ukrainian veterans. Thus, in the draft budget for 2024, it is planned to almost double the expenditures on veterans' policy - from UAH 7.5 billion to more than UAH 14 billion. We will officially launch the veteran's assistant project. We propose to allocate UAH 2.6 billion for rehabilitation and psychological support for veterans.

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    A functioning social welfare system requires a vibrant economy. Hence, we are planning to significantly expand programmes to stimulate economic activity, support entrepreneurship and create jobs. In total we will allocate a total of UAH 42 billion for these purposes.

    We will definitely continue one of the most successful soft loan programmes, 5-7-9.

    We plan to issue more than 12,000 microgrants under the eRobota programme, which means we will help create 12,000 new businesses. Additionally, we plan to provide 1,300 grants to support veteran businesses.

    We are to support agrarians, machine builders, and the launch and scale-up of processing enterprises. In particular, UAH 3 billion is proposed to earmark as state support for large investment projects in Ukraine. This is crucial since it will help to create new jobs, increase taxes and improve the lives of communities.

    In synergy with partners we will continue to work to insure war risks. We now have progress and positive news. This week the World Bank had insured a private investor in Ukraine against war risks for the first time. We are grateful to our partners for the joint work on that project.

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    We are aware that we still have a long way to go to restore and rebuild. But it is crucial to start rebuilding now.

    As part of the eVidnovlennia programme, payments have already been approved for almost 16,000 families to repair their homes.

    Yesterday, the Government launched a programme of housing certificates as compensation for destroyed housing. You can see the certificates in Diia right now, and in November people will use these certificates to buy a new home. Thus, the eVidnovlennia programme is gradually covering all Ukrainians whose homes were damaged by russian terrorists.

    We are not alone on the path to recovery, and we are constantly working with partners who support our plans. Today, we are approving a resolution to attract a grant from our international partners worth of almost UAH 5.5 billion (USD 150 million).

    This is a grant under the HOPE project - Housing Repairs for People's Empowerment. We are grateful to our partners for their support of our programme to rebuild the homes of Ukrainians.

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    The Government's plan to restore Ukraine is not just about rebuilding what has been destroyed. It is the transformation of our country. It is integration into the European Union. It means new institutions, new approaches, opportunities and rules of the game.

    Together with our international partners, we plan to develop a unified reform plan that will integrate various programmes, including those with the IMF, the EU and the US. This will allow us to form a clear vision of what has been done and what needs to be done. This will allow all partners to clearly understand how Ukraine is moving forward and changing today.

    We remain united for our victory and our recovery.

    Thank you for your attention. Glory to Ukraine!

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