Groysman meets with Ukraine’s regional media: Top Quotes

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s Premier commented on several important issues of economy and finance sector
13:19, 26 September 2016


Course of reforms in Ukraine

Politicians love to play with words. Some of them used the idea of freedom of speech to complain about restrictions and attacks on freedom of speech; thank God, they failed to destroy the very idea of freedom of speech. Reforms, too, caused so many negative feedbacks everyone thinks reforms are bad. No, it’s the other way around – reforms are meant to bring changes for the better. But it’s essential for people to feel these changes. Yes, it feels tough now, but things will change in six months. In another year and a half, they will have changed completely.  That’s the path that all developed countries walked. So it’s crucial to value what we’ve got – freedom of speech, democracy and other values that help us change our lives for the better.

2017 state budget

We want a constructive and honest discussion; we want people to understand what kind of priorities, tasks, challenges there are in this document. We managed to submit the state budget at the Parliament in good time, and there is an opportunity to discuss it with the society. That’s the government’s contribution that we made to eventually get a fair and real state budget – not the budget for survivors, but the budget with an opportunity to develop the national economy.  But as soon as we submitted it, some people started criticizing it without even reading it in first place; however, that’s a benefit for us, because this way we can remember that there is a difference between professional constructive discussion and playing experts in politics, which still remains.    

Regulation of electricity prices for enterprises

We need the market price, but it also has to be objective, the reasoned one. The prices that our industry currently pays for electricity are uncompetitive; they need optimization. This issue needs to be solved – not later than in early 2017.

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