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Top advisor: Ukraine lacks political will for decisive reforms

"Reforms must be made quicker and deeper," says Miklos.

Top advisor: Ukraine lacks political will for decisive reforms
Ivan Miklos
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The co-chairman of the group of strategic advisors to support reform under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Ivan Miklos said that while there is political will for smaller reforms in Ukraine, it is not strong enough for the more profound changes.

"There would be no reforms without political will. Meanwhile, for the first time in the history of Ukraine from Euromaidan reforms are moving on. The first time! But we must make these reforms quicker and deeper. To do that, there is not enough political will," the Slovak reformer told the VI National Expert Forum organized by Gorshenin Institute, which is underway in Kyiv on Wednesday, 12 October.

"Why the changes stalled in Ukraine but have taken place in Poland? Because Poland has conducted reforms - not only decentralization but structural reforms, market reforms. It is a perfect case in favour of doing all the reforms," said Miklos.

The strategic group of advisors to support reforms in Ukraine headed by Leszek Balcerowicz and Ivan Miklos on September 15 completed the development of a package of key reforms and submitted it to the president, cabinet and parliament.

The reform package is written on the basis of the government's action plan and other policy documents. It includes the most important steps needed to strengthen fiscal and financial stability in Ukraine, the reduction of corruption, the accelerated development of medium-sized businesses, improvement of the structure and activities of the state apparatus.