A 35-years old lawyer Oleksiy Honcharuk became the new Prime Minister of Ukraine. He made a way from a lawyer at the plant to the Deputy Head of the Office of President of Ukraine. He was a freelance adviser to the scandalous Minister of Ecology Ihor Shevchenko and an adviser to the First Deputy Prime Minister in the Groysman government Stepan Kubiv. Since 2015, he headed the Better Regulation Delivery Office since (BRDO).
Oleksiy Honcharuk was born on July 7, 1984. He received secondary education in the city of Horodnya, Chernihiv region. He studied at Vladimir the Great Institute of Law from 2001 to 2006. He received the qualification of master of law. He also studied at the National Academy for Public Adminstration inder the President of Ukraine. He graduated from Aspen Institute Kyiv and Kyiv-Mohyla Business School. He is an Associate Professor in Department of Financial and Banking Law at Vladimir the Great Institute of Law.
There is no information about Honcharuk’s parents and family life.
Honcharuk worked as a junior lawyer at the Horodnyansky plant of food products. He worked as a lawyer in the investment company PRIOR-Invest from 2005 to 2008, and headed the legal department of this company from the second half of 2006.
In 2007, Oleksiy Honcharuk got the license on practice of law, which has been suspended since 2018.
In 2014, he ran for parliamentarian on the list of the Strength of People Party, which then gained 0.1% of the votes. Honcharuk was a freelance adviser to the scandalous Minister of Ecology Ihor Shevchenko. Later he worked as an adviser to First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv. Since 2015, Honcharuk headed the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO), which is funded by the European Union.
On May 28, 2019, Honcharuk was appointed Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine. In addition, he is a member of the National Council of Reforms under the President of Ukraine, where he is responsible for the department of economic development and reforms. Honcharuk is also a member of the National Investment Council and a member of the National Council for Anti-Corruption Policy.
Honcharuk, Poroshenko and Zelensky
After the defeat of Petro Poroshenko in the presidential election, Honcharuk took part in the flash mob ‘Dyakuyu!’ (‘thank you’ in Ukrainian, - 112.international) in support of the ex-president.
“I want to thank President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko for 5 difficult years of work, filled with his mistakes and victories. Of course, I have a lot of complaints to you, Mr. President, but now I want to thank you. First of all, for the free elections, for keeping an extremely important tradition of a peaceful transfer of power in a country which is at war,” Honcharuk wrote on his Facebook page.
And in “Ze!volution?” project Oleksiy Honcharuk said that his goal in politics was “the inadmissibility of revanche.” (return of pro-Russian forces, - 112.international). The same terminology was used in the election campaign by Petro Poroshenko.
When asked who he plans to work with - Volodymyr Zelensky or Petro Poroshenko - Honcharuk answered he did not understand who Zelensky was.
“We do not understand who Zelensky is, it is incredibly difficult to position yourself with him. We understand very well who Poroshenko is, therefore there are some things in which he will definitely be our ally, like European integration and some understandable things, and he will stand for this due to a certain historical background. And there are things in which he will be our antagonist. We understand that it is his connection with the oligarchs and people who are behind the energy monopolies. This does not allow us to state that Poroshenko is our ally,” Honcharuk said.
On May 28, he confirmed that he would work in the Presidential Administration (now it is the President’s Office) of Zelensky as the deputy head.
And on July 19, Honcharuk wrote the on his Facebook page:
“I have no ... NO doubt that this particular team (Zelensky’s team) should get the right to rule the country for the next 5 years.”