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 "Fierce struggle for state-owned enterprises underway. I won't allow their politicization," - Yatseniuk

Ukrainian state-owned enterprises face further attempts of being politicized.

As reported by Censor.NET correspondent, Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk announced it at an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the audit of the largest SOEs.

"... There is a fierce struggle for state-owned enterprises going on. I decided today to make this issue public - to show I will not allow plundering them... I won't allow politicizing these companies, making them purses of political parties," Yatseniuk said, addressing Ukrhazvydobuvannia PJSC CEO Oleh Prokhorenko.

This was Yatseniuk's response to verbal argument between Prokhorenko and Head of the State Financial Inspection Lidiia Havrylova.

Havrylova accused the leadership of Ukrhazvydobuvannia of blocking company's financial audits. Prokhorenko denied the allegations.

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Yatseniuk hinted at a backstage struggle for the influence on the said company.

"I know what's going on. They want to grab your company," Yatseniuk said to Prokhorenko.

He also added he would protect the leadership of public companies that work transparently and by law.

"There is a real war against those executives who make the work of their companies clear. I protected such people and will protect them!" the prime minister added.

In turn, Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko and First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Yuliia Kovaliv noted that the report presented by Havrylova contained incorrect information about losses of state enterprises.

Yatseniuk agreed with them.

"We need to urgently change the audit model. You don't have to be a Nobel Prize winner to do it. It's simple as that... You can refer to the Internet, find the stock prices, and thus realize if they sold [products - ed.] at reduced prices or not," Yatseniuk remarked.

The prime minister instructed the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and the Ministry of Finance to develop an algorithm for auditing economic contracts.

He also stressed the importance of completing the reform of the audit service which is "still working by Soviet standards."
 
 
 
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