Ukraine Reforms - Visit of Andrius Kubilius
Andrius Kubilius, former Prime Minister of Lithuania and Chairman of the Homeland Union – Lithuania Christian Democrats, visited Kyiv and Dnipropetrovsk on 20-23 of February 2015 in the framework of #UkraineReforms project.
In Dnipropetrovsk, Mr. Kubilius met with representatives of municipal government and local businesses to discuss the role of central and local authorities in supporting SMEs in times of crisis. The meeting contributed to the establishment of communication channels between the municipal authorities and business representatives. The discussion concentrated on treating SMEs as the engine of the economy and the role of local government in creating a business-friendly environment. In the meeting with the European Business Association in Dnipropetrovsk, Mr Kubilius reflected on the opportunities for the Ukrainian business community and foreign investors enabled by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU.
During the lecture with students of the Dnipropetrovsk Alfred Nobel University, Mr. Kubilius discussed the European choice of Ukraine and shared the Lithuanian experience of European integration. During his stay in Kyiv, Mr. Kubilius had a working lunch with members of Ukrainian Parliament. The meeting was dedicated to the communication strategy for reforms and the cooperation between the executive branch and the legislature to this end. Afterwards, Mr. Kubilius also participated in a round table discussion on the public finance reform with NGO experts.
The visit included several media interviews and press conferences for the 1st National TV Channel, Hromadske TV, CNBC, and the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre. Andrius Kubilius articulated 6 key steps for reforms in Ukraine during his visit: the liberalisation of the energy market; the reform of public finance and procurement; the state enterprises reform; the fight against corruption; the effective separation of politics and business; the creation of a business friendly environment.