A successful transformation in Ukraine encompassing the rule of law, pluralist democracy and a functioning market economy is an essential condition for a peaceful and prosperous future, not only in the country but also for all of Europe. For that to happen the country needs to go through profound reforms. The ongoing reforms in Ukraine concern measures which have far-ranging effects on the Ukrainian population. Therefore, the way these reforms are perceived by the Ukrainian public is crucial and decisive for the success or failure of the entire reform process.

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Senior European policy-makers that have already taken part in expert visits within the programme:
In order to implement reforms, you need several ingredients: a deep economic crisis, a good team in the government, and a set of political priorities for the reform process. Ukraine already has the first two. Now, it is time to get your priorities straight.
Andrius Kubilius
Member of the Lithuanian Parliament
Former prime minister of Lithuania
The key to success for Ukraine is a combination of domestic reforms and a clear vision to join the EU. Macroeconomic stabilisation and fiscal consolidation are essential.
Mikuláš Dzurinda
President of the Martens Centre
Former prime minister of Slovakia
Partial reforms are even worse than no reforms at all. The more radical, deeper and complex the reforms are, the better for Ukraine.
Ivan Mikloš
Chief economic advisor to the prime minister of Ukraine
Former minister of finance of Slovakia
Judging from the Slovenian experience, it is much easier to build up institutions from scratch, rather than trying to change people who are comfortable with keeping the existing system and status quo.
Janez Janša
President of the Slovenian Democratic Party
Former prime minister of Slovenia
Ukraine needs radical reforms to allow for economic competition, including a clear separation of state and business. Only demagogues and populists can reject the effectiveness of liberal reforms.
Leszek Balcerowicz
Advisor to the president of Ukraine
Former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Poland, former president of the National Bank of Poland
Reforms are only done successfully in the times when it is impossible not to do them. Having a crisis is the best time for reforms.
Ivan Kostov
Director of the Risk Analysis and Management Centre
Former prime minister and minister of finance of Bulgaria
Transition is always a painful process, but Ukraine needs to continue its political reforms. Their success will depend on reaching a public consensus on the steps to be taken.
Jan Krzysztof Bielecki
Chairman of the partners board at EY Poland
Former prime minister and minister for European integration of Poland
There are four things that a nation needs to be successful: to be able to learn, to innovate, to promote free enterprise, and the rule of law.
Einars Repše
Former prime minister of Latvia
It is factors like the highly-qualified workforce, the unique geographic location, natural resources, and big domestic markets that allow us to think positively about the future of Ukraine.
Juhan Parts
Member of the Estonian Parliament
Former prime minister and minister of economy and communication of Estonia
When you do reforms, you need to convince the people that they will gain in the long run.
Alojz Peterle
Member of the European Parliament
Former deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Slovenia
When undergoing radical tax reforms Ukraine needs to ensure alternative sources of public revenues. Initially privatisation can serve this purpose.
Simeon Djankov
Lecturer at LSE
Former deputy prime minister and former minister of finance of Bulgaria
Initiator of the 'Doing Business' report at the World Bank
Decommunisation is in essence about empowering the middle class in the country. It is this one third of society who act as the true agents of change.
Alexandr Vondra
Director of the Prague Centre for Transatlantic Relations at the CEVRO Institute College in Prague
Former deputy prime minister for European Affairs and minister of defence of the Czech Republic.
Stable currency and a visa free regime with the EU are key for good business in Ukraine.
Ivan Štefanec
Member of the European Parliament
Former member of the Slovak Parliament
The credibility and sustainability of reforms in Ukraine is key for the EU-integration process of the country.
Andrej Plenković
Prime Minister of Croatia
Former Member of the European Parliament
In countries suffering from endemic corruption, like Ukraine, three pillars are needed to fight it: laws, institutions and people.
Miroslav Beblavý
Member of the Slovak Parliament
Senior research fellow at Centre for European Policy Studies
Public policies to decrease corruption in Ukraine must be adopted by the Parliament and then implemented by the Public Administration. Conditionality and clear rules set by the EU play an important role.
Emília Beblavá
Director of Faculty of Social and Economic Science at Comenius University in Bratislava
Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Transparency International Slovakia