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The 2020 budget can be a breakthrough for people – we are ready to work on it

16:13 18.06.2019

Batkivshchyna faction leader Yulia Tymoshenko has called on President Volodymyr Zelensky, as the guarantor of the Constitution of Ukraine, to get involved in the budget process in order to stop the current unacceptable fiscal policy so that Ukrainian society in 2020 receives proper protection.

“I appeal to President Volodymyr Zelensky and his team – analysts, financiers, economists, lawyers – to immediately join the budget process as the guarantor of the Constitution, otherwise we will get a budget for 2020 that will destroy the Ukrainian economy and people’s lives,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during a briefing after the meeting of the conciliation council of faction leaders and chairmen of parliamentary committees.

The politician stressed that after the presidential election, Ukrainian society expects changes in its financial position, a fundamentally different policy on wages, pensions, tariffs and social protection of people. The law provides that the draft state budget for the next year lay out all relevant articles, but today the budget process is practically not carried out.

“By June 1, the Groysman government is obliged to file a Budget Declaration for three years, including for the following year, and right now the budget process should be in full swing to fundamentally change the policy of poverty that was launched in the last 5 years,” said the parliamentarian.

Yulia Tymoshenko stressed that the Ukrainian media were shown a draft budget declaration that “for next year and two years ahead has the same standards of poverty that have been implemented over the last 5 years.”

“If this process is not stopped now, then for next year the minimum living wage, wages and pensions will be set at a destructively low level, and people will not feel any changes. We will also see the old tariff and tax policies,” she said.

The head of the Batkivshchyna faction also said that her team is ready to join the process and do everything necessary to change the inappropriate policy with regard to Ukrainian society.

“We are ready to offer the President a fundamentally new budget policy – a budget declaration and even a draft budget for 2020. These are the changes that everyone is waiting for. Declarations, advertising and good words on the Internet won’t change the country. We should act immediately and we are ready to help in this,” Yulia Tymoshenko concluded.