The head of state thanked the public representatives for participation in developing the National Strategy for the Promotion of Civil Society, Censor.NET reports citing Presidential Administration press service.
The president emphasized that the Revolution of Dignity had provided new opportunities for the development of civil society and strengthening of democracy in Ukraine. In particular, Poroshenko highlighted volunteers' contribution to the Armed Forces support and Defense Ministry reform. He also stressed the society's active participation in European integration processes within the country as well as improvement of Ukrainian's attitude towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration. "The role of civil society is crucial for both European integration and national defense and security," Poroshenko remarked.
The president underlined the role of general public in reforming the state. "Probably the second most important sphere of reforms is the anti-corruption legislation. Irrespective of their attitude towards criticism, the authorities should learn to cooperate with the public in order to gain trust inside the country and demonstrate this cooperation to the world," Poroshenko said. He stressed the importance of society's participation in commissions selecting candidates to anti-corruption bodies, which should ensure transparency and independence of newly established institutions.
The president expressed his discontent at the delay in the establishment of the National Agency for Prevention of Corruption. In fact, it is the only unsettled institutional issue hindering the establishment of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.
Poroshenko urged the public to support and demonstrate a proactive stance on constitutional amendments in terms of judicial reform.