President Petro Poroshenko coordinated positions with the G7 Ambassadors and Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski on the eve of the G7 Summit in Japan that will take place on May 26-27.
The President noted that since their previous meeting, significant changes had taken place, a new Government had been formed and a coalition had been organized in the Parliament. The Head of State emphasized the ambitiousness of the program of the new Government based on the proposals of the National Council of Reforms, the IMF program and the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
The President highlighted the immutability of policy on continuation of reforms necessary for the European integration of Ukraine, particularly decentralization and judicial reform.
The Head of State called the appointment of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and adoption of amendments to the legislation on prosecution important, for it will allow establishing the General Inspection, which will become another anti-corruption instrument.
The Head of State expressed gratitude to the United States for the decision to support Ukraine financially and provide the third tranche of loan guarantees in the amount of USD 1 billion.
The President underlined the importance of reforms necessary for signing the Memorandum with the International Monetary Fund and expressed gratitude for supporting these reforms. The Head of State is hopeful for the further fruitful cooperation.
Petro Poroshenko also expects the EU institutions to consider the introduction of the visa-free regime for Ukrainians as soon as possible.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman informed the G7 Ambassadors on the top-priority activities of the Government of Ukraine planned for the coming period. According to him, the operational action plan of the Government for 2016 is now being completed and will be presented shortly. The top-priority reforms are the following: reform of civil service, decentralization, privatization of state-owned companies, reform of the public procurement system, continuation of tax reform and creation of conditions for proper tax administration.
In his turn, the Ambassador of Japan shared his impressions from visiting Kramatorsk and Sloviansk where the patrol police has been launched with participation and assistance of Japan. Ambassador Shigeki Sumi congratulated Ukraine on winning the Eurovision and praised the successful operation of Ukrainian border guards on finding the ancient valuable paintings from the Verona’s museum.