Batkivshchyna faction leader Yulia Tymoshenko has called on Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy to initiate a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, leaders of parliamentary factions and non-parliamentary democratic forces to formulate a new strategy of development for Ukraine to replace the current destructive one.
“Mr. Parubiy, initiate a gathering of the president, premier, heads of parliamentary factions and non-parliamentary democratic parties to urgently review the development strategy of Ukraine because today the Ukrainian nation is being moved in the direction of destruction. The state strategy should be to ensure every person can live a normal, happy and successful life,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during the coordinating council of parliamentary faction and committee heads.
Yulia Tymoshenko said that while representatives of the government today are reporting on the success of reforms, these reforms have not improved the socioeconomic lives of ordinary Ukrainians.
“The effectiveness of reforms is not measured by their numbers, but by the quality of life and prosperity of every family,” she said.
Yulia Tymoshenko referred to a number of reports by international organizations pointing to the ineffectiveness of reforms in Ukraine, including the UN report saying that three years after reforms 60% of Ukrainians live in poverty, and that GDP per capita has fallen by 31.9% to critical levels.
“This is the UN’s assessment and it states that in these three years we had the most tragic drop in GDP of any country that resulted in the unprecedented total destruction of the middle class,” the parliamentarian said, adding that Ukraine is in the bottom ten in world happiness rankings.
“Ukraine has never experienced a tragedy like this,” she said.
She also referred to the Global Competitiveness Report published by the World Economic Forum that says that the soundness of banks and the financial system in Ukraine is extremely low.
“We are 138th out of 138 states by soundness of banks – last! Every other country is ahead of us – we are in last place. Here is the result of bank reform,” she said angrily.
The politician added that Ukraine is 131 out of 138 countries ranked by property rights protection, and that anti-monopoly policy is also ineffective.
“Ukraine is second to last among all countries in the world. This means that corrupt monopolies are eating away at every cell of our economic life,” the Batkivshchyna party leader said.
According to the politician, reform of the justice system in Ukraine has also been ineffective and the investment climate remains poor.
“Our image as a country open for investment is among the worst in the world,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.
In conclusion, the politician urged Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy to initiate a meting of senior officials, heads of parliamentary factions and non-parliament democratic forces to review together the development strategy for Ukraine.