At its session on Thursday, July 16, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appointed Oleh Uruskyy as Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Strategic Industries and Olha Pishchanska as Chairman of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.
250 lawmakers supported the appointment of Oleh Uruskyy. 255 parliamentarians voted for Olha Pishchanska's candidacy.
Introducing Oleh Uruskyy, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal stressed that Ukraine needs a ministry taking care of industry, defense industry, strategic industries, and the head of this ministry should have the status of Deputy Prime Minister to have not only assigned responsibilities but the relevant powers and status of the representative office as well.
"The status of a Deputy Prime Minister for the new minister clearly indicates the priorities of our Government. We understand that Ukrainian strategic industries need a new vision and new approaches. Ukraine must become a platform for the emergence of new technologies," said Denys Shmyhal.
In turn, speaking to parliamentarians, Oleh Uruskyy noted that he sees as his first objective the establishing a system in industrial policy.
"The Government is planning in synergy with partners, with the Federation of Employers, with the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, with trade unions, associations to implement the solutions that are already available. I hope for fruitful cooperation with the deputy corps. Only joining efforts we can find the way out of the situation our industry is facing," he stressed.
Introducing Olha Pishchanska's candidacy, the Prime Minister said: "The new head of the Antimonopoly Committee is required to be effective, unbiased and impartial in making decisions."
In turn, Olha Pishchanska, speaking in Parliament, stressed that she understands the challenges facing the AMCU. According to her, the main priorities of the competition policy are the fight against abuse of monopoly power, strengthening the institutional capacity of the Committee, etc.