"I hope that we are moving from talks, presentations and agitation for reforms to specific legislative amendments and implementation of reforms awaited by the public and the world, which is capable of providing real support to us," he noted at the meeting of the Council.
The head of state has once again emphasized that the war in the Donbas couldn't be an excuse for the delay in the implementation of reforms.
The president noted that the partners of Ukraine positively assessed its first steps in the adoption of legislation necessary for the fulfillment of the IMF cooperation program. "Our partners highly value this step as one of the most important steps made by Ukraine in its transition from talks about reforms to real unpopular actions, for which politicians sometimes pay a very high price. But it is the price we must pay not only as politicians, but also as statesmen to save the country," he said.
In this context, the head of state thanked the attendees for the work, which facilitated the adoption of the law on liability of persons related to banks. "Finally, for the first time in 23 years, we have adopted the law preventing the scheme of robbing Ukrainians," Poroshenko emphasized, adding that the given law will prevent the situation when the liability of financial institutions to depositors is shifted to the Deposit Guarantee Fund and the state. According to him, this law will prevent further pressure on the budget and hryvnia's exchange rate.
The president also expressed confidence that the efficient implementation of reforms and the establishment of peace would facilitate the inflow of foreign investments in Ukraine.
In this context, the head of state considers it appropriate to return to privatization. He has offered Minister of Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavičius to initiate the discussion of that issue in Verkhovna Rada. "Please make a presentation in the Parliament, hold a discussion with factions, exclude risky objects from the list of privatization and make an important decision to demonstrate the whole world that we are different. We will ensure transparent and efficient privatization in a different way," Petro Poroshenko said.
A positive example of investment, according to the president, was the the bid for the distribution of 3G frequencies, following which UAH 11 billion (roughly $423,077) were mobilized.
The head of state also noted that in the course of today's meeting, Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi had informed on the willingness of Italian investors to take part in privatization of infrastructure, energy, and telecommunication objects in Ukraine. "It is a true integration when enterprises that pay taxes, work fairly and have a transparent position come to us," the president said.