Ukraine will become part of Europe, thereby strengthening the European community, but not bringing problems. And in this regard, the cooperation between Kyiv and Brussels should only deepen - both in terms of implementing the Association Agreement and in terms of purcuing concrete reforms and bringing about transformations. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said during a meeting with Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for the European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
"We are moving towards improving governance, accelerating integration. We must become part of Europe, thereby strengthening the EU, but not bringing problems", said Volodymyr Groysman.
"I would like to congratulate you, Prime Minister, and your team, the Government, for your strong personal involvement and leadership on crucial reforms", said Johannes Hahn. "Everybody gets decisive areas where there are defficiencies, and there are areas like health, decentralization, a reform of public administration, and also education. A lot of focus has been made and I can only stress each of such reforms in other countries would stretch in time. If it comes to deal with such issues like health, pension and education reform – these are the subject for very broad and long-lasting debates. But you have managed to do all this within one year."
The European Commissioner expressed confidence that Ukraine and the EU could implement the cooperation program in the framework of the macrofinancial assistance, and also assured that Ukraine has been and remains the focus for the EU and the world. "And I well understand that you introduce not always very popular measures. Congratulations on all the achievements. The international attention was somewhere else, now this attention is in a way back, not totally in a positive way. Anyway, I congratulate on the reform efforts and in the last 2-3 years it has been achieved more than in the previous 20 years. It’s nevertheless impressing what has been achieved."
During the conversation, the sides discussed a wide range of issues of mutual cooperation, touched upon the current economic situation, as well as the Government's plans to continue reforms, conduct of the transparent privatization, and improvement of corporate governance in state-run companies.
"We are carrying out difficult reforms and doing this amid unprecedented challenges while protecting European values. All this requires unconventional solutions, because using the standard mechanisms we will not ensure the fulfillment of all tasks as well as sustainable development", said Volodymyr Groysman.
He proposed to discuss opportunities for new forms of cooperation and support already during the meeting of the Association Council scheduled for December this year.
"I think that it is necessary to consider separately the topic so that everyone understands the challenges that await us. Meanwhile, we do not ask for irrevocable support. We do not need any gifts. We need effective work", the Head of Government summed up.