Delegations of such EU countries as France, Germany, Poland, representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission, who gathered in the Polish city of Lodz to discuss closer integration and further development with the Ukrainian side, have positively evaluated the efforts made by the Ukrainian non-governmental sector to stimulate the process of reform in the country. This was the subject of the presentation of the large-scale “Transformation of Ukraine” National Platform, which was introduced by co-founder of the initiative, President of the Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (ULIE) and Chairman of the Anti-Crisis Council of NGOs Anatoliy Kinakh at the 9th Europe-Ukraine International Forum.
This National Forum, which has accumulated a large number of proposals and social resources within a short period of time, aims to build a democratic state, introduce a European development model in the country. It brought together representatives of all branches of power and civil society in Ukraine, clergy, international organizations from the EU Member States and G7 countries. The forum also enjoys great support of foreign partners from the Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe.
The ULIE actively involves its international partners ‒ MEPs, the largest European business association BUSINESSEUROPE ‒ in the development of this platform. Related meetings were held by industrialists and entrepreneurs in Brussels late last year.
Participants in the Forum have long been cooperating with peers from Poland, in particular, they are currently engaged in the development and implementation of an approach to using Polish experience in the country’s transformation in line with EU standards.
The European partners, who attended the presentation, including the former European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (February 2010 through October 2014) Štefan Füle and Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ambassador Jan Tombinski and others, shared Kinakh’s opinion that the National Forum has all the resources to become an effective instrument of interaction between society, the president, the parliament, the government of Ukraine and the international community to foster the transformation, support the developed, strong national economy and ensure sustainable development.
Two meetings of the “Transformation of Ukraine” National Forum have already been held. They defined priorities and outlined tasks for 2016. These are the fight against corruption, the creation of conditions for the rule of law and equality before the law, energy security, social policy, the development of local government, innovation policy as well.