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Ukraine’s youth have the green light to shape the country’s new life

23:48 31.03.2018

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says that Ukraine’s youth should form the agenda for the country, and for this they should be given the opportunity to influence state policy.

“I want your generation, through systemic changes, to change the whole discourse of the country’s life, and for your generation to go down in the history of Ukraine and the world,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during the All-Ukrainian Youth Forum 2018.

The politician said that the mistake of all Ukrainian governments has been that state officials of the old system formed youth policy that didn’t benefit the youth.

“It would be wise for the next high-ranking politicians to take youth programs and realize them. Nobody knows better than the youth what they need,” the Batkivshchyna leader said.

Yulia Tymoshenko stressed the need for a renewal of government, in which young people with new visions on urgent problems will form state policy. She recalled that in the 2014 parliamentary elections the Batkivshchyna Party included young people in their new party team.

“I am a supporter of getting young people to enter politics. Are these just words? No! Count the members of every faction in parliament and you’ll see that 30% of Batkivshchyna’s list are young, new, beautiful, attractive, smart and successful deputies,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko also noted that in a year there will be a reboot of power in Ukraine with elections being held for president, parliament and local government, and that Batkivshchyna is attracting young people to run as candidates for deputies of all levels.

“I want to suggest a short name for this political elevator: 30% under 30. We are waiting for proposals from you. Let’s become one team,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko stressed that the state is not properly addressing issues that are important for today’s youth, and that’s why the new government should address a number of very important issues. This includes providing young people with opportunities to successfully develop their own businesses, and this requires an effective microcredit system.

“Ukraine needs a working system of microloans. This means that the National Bank should create policy encouraging commercial banks to extend microloans. The NBU should also have guarantees to refinance microloans,” she explained.

The parliamentarian said that legal conditions should be formed for every commercial bank to provide a package of business plans for microlending to small business.

“These microloans should be provided at 3-5% annual interest, which is normal world practice. We also need to create a strong system of credit insurance,” she added.

Yulia Tymoshenko also stressed the need to return the practice of providing state assistance after the birth of a child and in providing youth with housing.

“We need to create a special mortgage program that does not require a deposit and is issued at 1-3% annual interest. These should also be long-term loans so that people have “loan holidays.” Also, under no circumstances should homes be taken away if a person can’t make a payment because they lost their job. Protective mechanisms should be introduced for this,” the politician said.