The Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine was opened in Kyiv in September 1993, two years after Ukraine had proclaimed independence in August 1991. So, EEAS is one of those organizations that has been observing the whole independent path of Ukraine, the path of challenges and changes until now.
The interview was led by Dmytro Romanovych, Associate Director, Consulting, Government Projects and International Development Projects, KPMG in Ukraine.
Upon your observations what are the 3 most successful and significant changes during the last 30 years that happened in Ukraine?
The EU has had a presence in Ukraine since the 1990s. And you might say that both modern-day Ukraine and the EU in their current form are still relatively young. But history marches rapidly. It is Ukraine’s people who determine the direction of this country and they have had three revolutions since 1990, each arguably bringing about the most fundamental of changes. From our perspective of course, the Revolution of Dignity and Ukraine’s choice of political association and economic integration with the European Union is the most significant factor that determines our relationship to this day and our work in taking this forward together. There have been many successes along the way already such as the significant structural reforms implemented by Governments since then, that led for example to the EU granting visa-free travel to Ukrainian citizens. But we have a long way to go to ensure that we can consider all these reforms demanded by Ukrainians a success.