Vice-President of the EU-Ukraine Association Committee, MEP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel considers the chairman of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Bohdan dangerous. She said this in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, referring to the risk of reforms’ closing up.
"That good thing that has been achieved under President Poroshenko is not moving forward, for example, in health care reform, which is a matter of concern. This does not meet the expectations of Europe and the European Parliament that Ukraine will become a European country with European values," she stated.
In her opinion, lobbying is returning to Ukrainian healthcare - and there is concern that "the Suprun-created transparent system is in danger as old elites try to return to the ministry again".
The MEP is interested in "whether President Zelensky trusts the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Health "too much".
"I doubt the environment of President Zelensky in general, to what extent President Zelensky is properly informed. I see a particular problem with Mr. Bohdan because he is very dangerous," von Kramon-Taubadel said.
"How can Ukrainians like us, Europeans, trust the one who joined former Prime Minister Azarov during the talks in Russia at the end of November 2013? One who did not feel the moral need to resign from a government post in light of acceptance of the "dictatorship laws" at the beginning of 2014 and then in light of the Maidan’s deaths?"
"We often hear that he is a professional and that is why President Zelensky needs him. But he is a professional without a moral compass. And a professional of the old regime. How can President Zelensky build a new Ukraine with professionals of the old regime? Mr. Bohdan is dangerous," Kramon-Taubadel confirmed that it was a matter of relations between Ukraine and the EU.
According to the MEP, "it is very unpleasant and will have consequences".