The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with EU Heads of Mission in Ukraine
February 13, 2016.
The EU calls upon the Ukrainian authorities as well as on all political parties to unite to ensure that the reform process in Ukraine continues with renewed vigour. This is vital for Ukraine’s future, its democratic development and its people. The economic and social recovery of Ukraine requires further improvements in the business climate, as well as continued popular support for the reforms set in motion by the Government. In particular, Ukraine urgently needs credible and concrete results in the fight against corruption. A key area in this regard is transparency in the selection and appointment of managers of state-owned enterprises and in their financial reporting as well as steps toward privatization or liquidation of some of those enterprises, in line with the programme for macroeconomic and financial stabilisation agreed with International Financial Institutions.
Realisation of this reform programme, together with strengthening of democracy and the rule of law, as called for in the Association Agreement, will require an alignment of reform efforts across all sectors. Ukraine will also need to redouble its efforts to build political consensus within democratic institutions.
The European Union and its Member States are providing substantial financial and technical support to Ukraine for these reforms and stand ready to continue support for dedicated reform efforts.
At this critical juncture, Ukraine’s political leaders need to set aside their differences and jointly focus on the continued implementation of the reform agenda.
Unity behind much needed reforms must be a priority for all political forces.