Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze participated in the session of the Ukraine Strategic Council within the framework of Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center program which took place on September 24 in New York.
The particiants of the session considered, first of all, the process of reforms in Ukraine and the need to join efforts to overcome stereotypes of the negative perception of the state.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze explained in detail the challenges that accompany the process of reforming the country. "Reforms in Ukraine are not just changes in legislation or public procedures, reforms must change the culture of management processes, which is largely deeply entwined in the legacy of the Soviet past", stressed the Vice Prime Minister.
The meeting’s attendees also discussed the fight against corruption in Ukraine.
Apart from the establishment of a number of anti-corruption institutions, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze drew attention to more successful reforms in the banking sector, the gas market and public procurement. She laid emphasis on a smaller scale, but extremely important transformations that already yield results. This is, for example, the purchase of medicines and medical equipment through international organizations, which already allows us to save 39% of taxpayers' money.
"I believe that these small but momentous decisions will have a snowball effect, which will become larger and faster on our path towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration", said the Vice Prime Minister.
At that, Ivanna Klympush emphasized she is concerned about the frequent distortion of the real state of affairs in Ukraine by certain politicians and the media. According to the Vice Prime Minister, any vagueness and uncertainty of the West's position on Ukraine undermines the efforts of Ukrainian reformers, while pro-Russian propagandists pull from arguments to prevent Ukraine’s future together with Europe.
The Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine supported the necessity of attracting international media and business representatives who are already investing in Ukraine to provide an objective comprehensive coverage of the real situation within the country and confronting active negative propaganda regarding Ukraine's presentation as "a failed state".