In exclusive interview Ukraine's Supreme Council Chairman Volodymyr Groysman describes future collaboration of Ukraine and EU in reforming issue
Are you satisfied with today's meetings and have you managed to make some agreements?
First, I’m satisfied with an Action plan on Parliament reforming introduced yesterday. Really, Parliament should be a strong European democratic institution to take effective solutions. I think that all Ukrainian society sees the need of such transformations in Parliament. So we already have our action plan, we agreed with Mr. Schultz to start the second stage – it’s implementing. I appreciate my colleagues – factions leaders’ and also other MPs’ positive reaction. They are ready for implementing. Now efficient discussions about Parliament reforming, Ukraine’s transformation and other issues are proceeding.
Next, I held a lot of meetings with different political leaders, now we have a full support in Ukraine’s restoration, in the resumption of its territorial integrity and we have an understanding in Russian issue. Sanctions should be implemented to Russia until this country will restore our territorial integrity, withdraw its militants, and fulfill all Minsk agreements.
Moreover, during the meeting with the President of EU Regions Committee we defined the action plan for the local government decentralization. EP will grant 97 million euros supporting this reform, and we focused on three key areas: support of hundreds local communities to create “model” communities with right strategy and right approach, with efficient budget in education, health, and environment. Next – support of united communities, formation of their development strategy.
You know, today during financial decentralization tens of millions UAH came to the regions. Now we have to show the boundaries of their use. We should plan what to do during the next year in any community in order for people to live better. So this strategies’ development is very important for us and our European partners have a successful experience in this sphere. I would like for Ukrainian citizens to live no worse than people in Krakow, Warsaw or in Brussels.
Our next issue is an informational tour together with EU Regions Committee, Europe big cities’ Mayors and political leaders to share the European experience with Ukrainian colleagues.
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