Holding early parliamentary elections in the current situation would be an irresponsible step.This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze at a roundtable discussion "Ukraine’s Post-Election Path: The View from Washington and Kyiv" organized jointly by the German Marshall Fund and the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group durinf her working trip to Washington (USA).
"This year is decisive for Ukraine. The newly elected President Zelensky will come to power in the second half of May. And in late October Ukraine will hold the next parliamentary elections. The change of the President poses a number of challenges for Ukraine's security and the continuation of reforms. Conducting pre-term parliamentary elections, as it being discussed now, may become an irresponsible step. In 2014, the Parliament played a stabilizing role, heard and accepted the country's opinion in the most dramatic times. Recognizing blemishes in the work of the current Parliament, we must be very careful not to thwart the country in a state of war in the uncertainty of the next election campaign without ensuring the continuity and predictability of the authorities' actions," Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze underscored.
The Deputy Prime Minister briefed attendees on the fact that while Ukraine is undergoing transition period of the change of power, Russia continues to carry out active military aggression against Ukraine. The security situation remains tense, as Russia's strategic plans for undermining Ukraine remain unchanged, and Russia does not refuse from its plans to the strength of Ukraine's defense capability.
"In the current period, not only the Kremlin sees a" window of opportunity "for itself, but also some crocked politicians who would like to return to the political scene of Ukraine. In such a changing environment, it is necessary to make quick decisions. Since 2014, the Western world is important and loyal ally for Ukraine, and now we look forward to your active participation and support. Our broad cooperation with the European Union and NATO must be not only preserved but also developed. Any hesitation or ambiguity about the future of Ukraine will only undermine our achievements", she emphasized.
The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that over the past few years Ukraine has made more structural reforms than during the entire history of its independence. Despite the great human and financial losses due to the war in the eastern part, Ukraine has achieved financial stability and economic growth. The Deputy Prime Minister cited examples of striking changes as a result of reforms. Thus, in 2018, the economy demonstrated the best performance compared to previous years, while real GDP grew by 3.3%. The shadow economy of Ukraine was reduced due to the corresponding state policy from 50% in 2014 to 32% at the moment. Also, dozens of e-services for citizens and businesses were introduced, including registration services, social services and construction, etc. Ukraine climbed 23 positions and ranked 31st in the Global Open Data Index. As of 2018, Ukraine has also improved its rating in transparency of policy transparency by 34 positions.