“Historically and strategically Poland is Ukraine’s partner in international economic and politic relations. Today Poland is a successful example of reformation and economic development,” Klitschko said. “The economy of post-soviet Poland at the beginning of 1990s was far worse than in industrial Ukraine. But as for today, the GDP of Poland outperforms Ukrainian GDP 4 times, and its Poland is one of the 20 strongest world economies. The example of Poland proves that effective reforms can bring a country out of deep economic decline in a short period of time. Today Ukraine needs such experience,” Klitschko underlined.
He stressed that major changes should be held on a nationwide level. At the same time, they could not be effective without reforms on a local level. “Today Ukraine works on changes to Constitution for ensuring decentralization with the transfer of powers from state bodies to local authorities. In this context, Polish experience may be applied in Ukraine,” Klitschko said.
The mayor told about the activities of the Kyiv administration, in particular tackling corruption and attraction of foreign investments.
Vitali Klitschko emphasized that Ukraine needed support and assistance from European partners in settling the conflict in Donbas. “Ukraine is very grateful for the political, humanitarian, and moral support Poland provides to us. It is very important for the Ukrainians who protect our territorial integrity and the right to live in a European, well-off country. We need peace in our country”.
Klitschko said that he does his best to make Ukraine’s capital the example of implementing reforms. “My brother and I have a motto: “Failure is not an option!” Neither in sports, nor in politics, nor in reforms in Ukraine”, Klitschko underlined.
Also, leading European politicians and economists, among which Lech Walesa, Leszek Balcerowicz, Horst Koehler, Jan Kulczyk took part in the panel.
The European economic congress is the largest and most important economic event in Central Europe, which gathers over 6.000 participants, 900 lecturers and 400 media representatives annually.