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Radoslaw Sikorski: Ukraine needs to deepen the reforms

Radoslaw Sikorski, the former Foreign Minister of Poland, urges Ukrainian authorities to speed up the reform process in the country
Radoslaw Sikorski: Ukraine needs to deepen the reforms

Speaking at the briefing in Ukraine Crisis Media Center, Radoslaw Sikorski, the former Foreign Minister of Poland said that the next two years will be crucial for Ukraine.

“You have just held local elections, and, as I understand it, you will not have important elections in the next two years, and it is time to speed up, rather than weaken the reform,” – said Sikorski. Sikorsky said after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, representatives of Ukrainian and international businesses that he believes the major reforms in Ukraine should be the fight against corruption.

“You have to regain citizens’ trust to the system, as well as the credibility of the EU to your ability to manage funds,” – said Sikorski. He also believes that the reforms should “create a national system that will make Ukraine competitive for future membership in the European Union.”

Radoslaw Sikorski reminded that Ukraine has two programs of actions for reform – a support program from the International Monetary Fund and the Association Agreement with the EU.

Sikorski noted that after the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, provided Ukraine properly implements this agreement, the EU promised that “it will not be the last step in your relationship with the EU.” In his opinion, it should encourage the Ukrainian authorities to move forward and pave the way for the EU membership.