Klitschko at EPP political assembly: We count on support in visa liberalization and extension of sanctions against Russia

30.05.2016 21:00

Ukraine counts on the EU support in visa liberalization process and extension sanctions against Russia, the mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko said during his speech at the political assembly of the European People’s Party.

“Of course, the launched sanctions are not of economic benefit to European countries, but security in Europe are much more important,” Klitschko emphasized. “Next big step Ukraine is anticipating is liberalization of visa regime. We understand that we have to meet necessary demands, and we continue to move to this goal,” Klitschko stressed.

He remarked that Kyiv is doing its best to fight corruption. “As a mayor of Kyiv, I am ready to present the changes we have implemented in Kyiv. There is a good example. Our budget income rose by 30%. It is not because of economic boom, it is because we have cut corruption schemes. All the money that once was stolen now remains in the city budget,” Klitschko underlined. “Of course, there is much left to do. We have great expectations of a new prosecutor general and his office, as success in fighting corruption largely depends on them. But we did a lot of steps forward, and have to continue this pace to meet expectation of people,” he said.

He also added that next year Ukraine would be hosting a Eurovision song contest. “As a mayor of Kyiv, I am sure that Kyiv will be a host city. I would like to invite every European to come and see how beautiful our city is and how hospitable our people are, to see that Ukraine is a European country, and Kyiv is a European capital city,” Klitschko said.

The mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko is attending celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the European People’s Party in Luxembourg. European political leaders gathered to celebrate the anniversary and discuss strategies and future prospects of the European Union. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, chairman of the EPP Group in European Parliament Manfred Weber, and other European politicians are attending the celebrations.

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