Volodymyr Groysman: The future of Ukraine is with Europe and it is irreversible
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU, posted 19 October 2018 13:38

The future of Ukraine is with Europe and this message is not subject to revision, as also the commitment of Kyiv to cooperate along a wide range of areas, both with the EU as a whole, and with one of the most powerful members - Germany. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman said during a meeting with the delegation from Germany comprising secretaries of state of federal ministries. The meeting took place in the framework of regular diplomatic contacts between the two countries, as well as the preparation for the visit of the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel to Ukraine.

The Head of Government noted, apart from being a powerful political partner of Ukraine, Germany ranks number one country in the European market. For 8 months of 2018 the trade turnover has already reached USD 5.35 billion.

"You can see what is happening in Ukraine, how it changes. You can see the progress of domestic reforms, the economy developing. We appreciate the position of the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, the German government and people in your support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and assistance in the difficult period amid Russian aggression", said Volodymyr Groysman. "Our relations are now at a high level, economic interaction is enhancing. We are happy to work with the German business, to see German investment flows."

The interlocutors noted that the agenda of Chancellor Merkel's in Kyiv would contain a number of issues - from the economy to the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

"We are ready to support you in areas we can. In particular, by providing financial assistance in the relevant spheres", said the head of the German delegation Walter Lindner.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine outlined the current economic situation in Ukraine and told about government plans to prolong the reforms, in particular privatization.

"We achieved a 3% GDP growth, but our target is over 5%. To do this, we need investments and we do a lot to leverage those", said Volodymyr Groysman. "A huge problem for us remains the debt accumulated in the period of 2005-2013. Next year we have to pay back nearly USD 15 billion. Hence, it’s obvious we do not need gifts - we need tools that will allow us to cope with the circumstance."

At that, the Head of Government assured the course towards change is irreversible. "The future of Ukraine is with Europe, it should not be reconsidered", added the Prime Minister.