Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze: European partners say reforms of Poroshenko’s team rolled back

Poroshenko’s government won a visa-free regime, carried out reforms, and now European partners say there is a rollback, the European Solidarity lawmaker, the head of the Committee on EU Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said.

“We have placed a great deal of effort to launch e-declaration so that it can work directly in the timeframe we have committed to the world. Each member of our political forces spared no efforts ensuring that we have a visa-free regime

But today we see a backward process and the fact that the government is losing support not only in society but also in our Western partners, is entering a crisis of relations with the EU,” said Klympush-Tsintsadze.

“We have been absolutely clear given to understand at the parliamentary committee of the association that there is a reversal and regress in the reforms. They are very concerned about the state of the national anti-corruption infrastructure, dissatisfied with the weak bill that was passed and for some reason it is happening now. I want the mono-majority to demonstrate their political and introduced the relevant bill. We will vote for the harshest punishment [for corruption], as we voted in 2015,” she added.

Punishment should be inevitable, says Klympush-Tsintsadze

“Zelensky forgot to declare a villa in Italy when he ran for president. This year he forgot to declare 5 million in dividends. During Poroshenko’s presidency, the independence of the NBU was ensured. Now our political colleagues from Europe are not so sure this is the case during Zelensky’s presidency. Today, the attempts to politically remove NABU chief raise many an eyebrow. Today, under the guise of coronavirus, competitions and civil service reform have been cancelled. I personally agreed with the EU on the strategy of civil service reform. Meanwhile 7,000 people have been appointed without job competitions, 60 of them are high-ranking officials. This is stated in the EU report on the implementation of the Association Agreement. It also notes the slow pace of judicial reform. These are the laws passed by this government,” Klympush-Tsintsadze said.

She called on to focus on the challenges facing the EU.

“Our European partners are calling for reformist, pro-European political forces to join efforts. Some things went on the right direction this year, for example, the land reform, but it could not be approved without our votes. We are also given thumbs up for the banking bill, for decentralization as well – the reform that we have introduced, that we continue to support and will defend, because it is important for the people,” the parliamentarian said.

“We are surely ready to join forces to move to Europe, to renew the Association Agreement, to seek additional quotas for Ukrainian exporters, to introduce European rules here. European Solidarity votes for such bills, none of them could be adopted without our votes,” Klympush-Tsintsadze said.