15th Annual Ukraine Investor Conference: Keynote speech by Head of EU Delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli
- 2018 was a good year for Ukraine from an economic perspective, confirming the country is moving in the right direction thanks to its civil society, business community and political leadership.
- But current economic growth at around 3% is not enough to create jobs and stop the outflow of young people. Structural reforms need to be accelerated, with two years of talk about unbundling Naftogaz Ukrainy but no progress in this area is a good example. Privatization is another laggard.
Sustainable reform process requires social cohesion, but social inequality in Ukraine is still too big. Social cohesion and rule of law are what Ukraine needs.
- Ukrainian people will not allow a reversal of the pro-European course. The AA/DCFTA has been very beneficial, with harmonization of legislation and lower tariffs helping expand the EU share of Ukrainian exports to over 40% from 25%.
- Ukraine can become part of the EU single market in several years and is not a liability but an opportunity and a chance for the EU.