President of Ukraine

President: We will not stop or slow down the pace of reforming the state

12 March 2018 - 15:35

President: We will not stop or slow down the pace of reforming the state

During his talks, President Petro Poroshenko informed Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini of the progress made in late 2017 - early 2018 in Ukraine.

"I am very grateful for the positive assessment of the reforms that Ms. Vice-President expressed," the Head of State said, addressing Federica Mogherini.

"I assured both the Vice-President and our partners from the EU that the Ukrainian authorities and I, as President, will not stop and will keep the pace in the reformation of the state, despite the fact that in 2019 there will be presidential elections and parliamentary elections are also not far," he added.

Petro Poroshenko thanked Ms. Mogherini and the European Union for the continued support in continuing reforms. "We really appreciate this support. It is provided in various forms: advisers, financial support," the President said.

"We are proud that our partners from the European Union are co-sponsors of the reforms. This increases the efficiency of the state's functioning and economic growth, contributes to the growth of defense capabilities," the Head of State emphasized.

He also said that during the current talks, a draft law on national security was discussed in detail, which was introduced by the President in the Parliament last week. "It is very important to  speed up this voting," Petro Poroshenko noted.

One of the proofs of the joint productive work, according to the President, is the decision of the European Commission to launch the fourth macro-financial assistance program for our country. "We expect it will be supported by the EU Council and the European Parliament. We agreed on this during the Eastern Partnership Summit and, in pursuance of these agreements, the European Commission initiated this process," the Head of State said.

Federica Mogherini, in turn, expressed support  “for a decisive and bold process of reforms that citizens expect and see in recent months". "This is an impressive progress and success. The entry into force of the Association Agreement and the visa-free regime have really helped to achieve significant progress in reforms," Federica Mogherini noted.

She discussed this issue with the President of Ukraine, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. “I will also have an opportunity to discuss the progress in reforms with civil society and students with whom I’ll meet in the university. We will discuss the opportunities and potential of our cooperation, a new face of our relations, which opens up ways to improve everyday lives,” Federica Mogherini noted.

The Vice-President of the European Commission also reported on progress in multilateral cooperation. "We held a very successful Eastern Partnership Summit in November. We approved a very ambitious work plan in Brussels in November. We work to achieve the results in 20 areas: support for small and medium enterprises, digital economy, investment, energy and infrastructure projects. This is a very clear list of areas of practical cooperation, to which Ukraine, as an associate partner of the EU, makes a very important contribution," she said.

"I know that citizens have not yet seen the progress in their daily lives, but for us in Brussels, progress is evident," the High Representative of the EU added.

At the same time, she said it is necessary to continue work on reforms, because Ukrainians expect it. "I want to emphasize that more needs to be done in the fight against corruption, including the establishment of the Anticorruption Court taking into account the recommendation of the Venice Commission and the Council of Europe," Federica Mogherini said.

"Last Friday, the European Commission proposed to provide new macro-financial assistance in the amount of 1 billion. We will continue to support the reform of your civilian security sector. We work with Ukrainian authorities through one of our civilian missions. The EU Advisory Mission opened the third regional office in Odesa last week to support the reforms throughout the country," Federica Mogherini summed up.

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Meeting with the Vice-President of the European Commission

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