European Commission President in Verkhovna Rada: Investments for Recovery Must Be Combined with a New Wave of Reforms

Friday, 1 July 2022

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, stated that in order to maximize the impact of investments in the recovery of Ukraine, it is necessary to combine them with a new wave of reforms.

She also reminded that next Monday, together with President Zelensky and Prime Minister Shmyhal, she will participate in the conference on the restoration of Ukraine in Lugano, Switzerland.

"Ukraine turned to the EU regarding the candidacy a few days after the attack. And you still managed to provide us with all the information in record time. We worked day and night to support you, but it was your efforts that led to this success," said Ursula von der Leyen in her speech in the Verkhovna Rada via videocall.

"Your European path and the reconstruction of Ukraine will go hand in hand. Huge investments will come to your country, and in order to increase this impact, investments must be combined with a new wave of reforms," the President of the European Commission emphasized.

There is a long road ahead, but Europe is on your side. We will follow this path until you open the door leading to your bright future in the European Union," Ursula von der Leyen summed up," she added.

"Take the fight against corruption. You have created an amazing anti-corruption machine. But now these institutions need teeth and they need people in leadership positions. Most likely, a new head of the SAPO and a new director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine should be appointed," concluded von der Leyen.

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