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Two Polish former prime ministers to work on modernization of Ukraine

Two former prime ministers of Poland agreed to cooperate with the Vienna-based Agency for Modernization of Ukraine financed by Dmitry Firtash.

Dmitry Firtash

Two ex-heads of the Polish government – Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz and Waldemar Pawlak – agreed to work in the Agency for Modernization of Ukraine created in the beginning of March 2015, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Polskie Radio.

This company was founded by tycoon Dmitry Firtash. The objective of the Agency is the development of plans for reforms in key sectors of Ukraine: energy, government, finance, and others.

Apart from Cimoszewicz and Pawlak, cooperation with the project was confirmed by the well-known French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, the former European Commissioner for Enlargement Guenter Verheugen, and the former German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück. However, later, Steinbrück refused to cooperate with the Agency for Modernization of Ukraine.

According to experts, Firtash created this project to improve his reputation in the EU and in an attempt to compete with the Ukrainian government for the creation of the plan of reforms.

Cimoszewicz said that he had been invited to create a draft plan to fight corruption in Ukraine for an independent Austrian foundation. Commenting on the oligarchic status of Firtash, the Polish politician said that almost everything had been stolen from Ukraine, and one of his recommendations for Ukraine was the fight against corruption.