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Poland to assist Ukraine in European transformation

28.04.2017 10:04
Poland to assist Ukraine in European transformation

Polish parliamentarians will help Ukrainian counterparts, representatives of civil society to prepare a strategy for Ukraine's transformation. They are not only willing to share their own experience, but also promote the involvement of the European Union in this process. At the end of May, Warsaw will host an Interparliamentary Assembly, which will attract, beside Ukraine and Poland, Lithuania and representatives of the European Union.

This was discussed during a meeting of the delegation of the National Forum "Transformation of Ukraine" represented by ULIE President Anatoliy Kinakh and Coordinator of the Forum Mykhailo Kharkiy with Speaker of the Polish Sejm Marek Kuchciński.

The parties stressed the importance of political and economic partnership – both bilaterally and in the framework of specific programs of cooperation with the EU.

The speaker of the Polish Sejm praised the role of civil society in the development of the state and stressed that the success of reforms, policy of modernization depends on the consolidation of all forces – the government, community, businesses, etc. – around the national interests. Currently, such a communication platform between the Ukrainian government and society is the National Forum "Transformation of Ukraine" that has been developing a comprehensive plan for the country's development.

The corresponding transformation strategy will be a long-term response to systemic challenges, including the economic crisis. The Copenhagen criteria are used as its benchmarks: the rule of law, developed market economy, competitiveness, and others. The Polish side supports this direction of reforms and is ready to share experience as a country that has passed its European integration path and achieved GDP growth and solvency of the population.

Late in May, Warsaw will host an Interparliamentary Assembly, which will be attended by representatives of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and the EU.

The Assembly will address such issues as the adaptation of Ukrainian legislation to EU standards and regulations, as well as the expansion of the "circle of the friends of Ukraine," namely Germany, the United States, Canada, and others, ULIE President Anatoliy Kinakh said.

Prior to that, a delegation of the National Forum met with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, representatives of the Lithuanian Seimas and the government in Vilnius. Former Prime Minister of Lithuania, now a member of the Seimas and one of the authors of the so-called "Marshall Plan for Ukraine" Andrius Kubilius supported the initiative of Ukraine's civil society to draft the Ukrainian development strategy and expressed confidence that the parliaments of other EU countries would support it.

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