Two years have passed since people in Ukraine went out on the streets with protests, demanding the right to live without corruption and kleptocracy. The entire world community observed the events in Maidan. Foreign diplomats witnessed bravery of demonstrators and their eagerness to fight for European values, for the rule of law in particular. The large number of people, who paid the highest price and gave away their lives, has become a reminding about everything people were ready to sacrifice to change their country for the better.
The hope that Ukraine will implement reforms that will result in the rule of law and equality of rights are still a reality. Despite Russian aggression, including illegal annexation of Crimea and military operation in Donbas, Ukraine has started the process of large-scale and ambitious reformation. Important reforms are being implemented in key sectors such as energetics, local government and management of state finance. I am proud that Sweden is Ukraine’s partner in all of these fields, especially in the field of energy efficiency and decentralization.
Ukraine’s biggest challenges in the coming months are showing considerable results in elimination of corruption and strengthening the rule of law by way of reforming the judicial system.
I am very optimistic about Ukraine’s future.