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At the closing session of the Ukraine Reform Conference, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis wishes Ukraine to continue reforms to boost resilience

Created: 2021.07.08 / Updated: 2021.07.08 19:50
      At the closing session of the Ukraine Reform Conference, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis wishes Ukraine to continue reforms to boost resilience
      At the closing session of the Ukraine Reform Conference, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis wishes Ukraine to continue reforms to boost resilience
      At the closing session of the Ukraine Reform Conference, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis wishes Ukraine to continue reforms to boost resilience

      On 8 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis took part in the closing session of the 4th Ukraine Reform Conference.

      “We firmly believe that every achievement of reforms makes Ukraine stronger, more resilient and able in building a modern European state against the backdrop of continuing external aggression. Therefore, the international community supports and will support Ukraine on its path,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister.

      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister also summarised the work of the two-day conference and was glad that, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and a two-year break after the 2019 Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto, the event in Vilnius had successfully brought together Ukrainian partners from the European Union and NATO member states, international organisations, financial institutions, as well as civil society and business representatives to discuss the achievements and challenges of Ukraine’s reform process.

      According to Landsbergis, although the world economy has been facing an unprecedented pandemic challenge since the beginning of 2020, Ukraine has continued important reforms and has achieved significant results in the areas of decentralisation, digital transformation, privatisation, and the opening of the land market. The completion of a broad judicial reform, ensuring transparency and independence of the judiciary, as well as strong and effective functioning of anti-corruption institutions, are key reforms for short term growth.

      The Co-Chairs — Foreign Ministers of Lithuania and Ukraine — issued a statement, reviewing in more detail the achievements, challenges and expectations regarding Ukraine’s major reforms in recent years in the following key areas: full implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Ukraine's defence and security sector reform, judicial reform, strengthening the fight against corruption, improving the investment climate, and other areas.

       The 5th Ukraine Reform Conference will be held in Lugano, Switzerland, on 4-5 July 2022.

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