Victor Yushchenko has told reporters in Kharkiv he is going to sign a decree to set up a constitutional commission that will involve the country’s leading politicians and formulate a national strategy.

“They will be working together to formulate a common position on Ukraine’s prospects and other basic issues…,” he said, president's press office reported.

The President said he was pleased with today’s meeting with journalists, held as a dialogue for the first time, and commended Ukraine’s media for their significant contribution to the development of the country.

“If we are speaking about journalists that have their own position and are capable of defending it, then we are speaking about those who can spearhead national ideas. Your professionalism can change lots of things,” he said.

The President praised the decision to hold this press conference “on the territory remote from the capital.”

“Nuances in the life of our country look slightly different here. I think that benefits journalists,” he opined.

Mr. Yushchenko outlined the most topical problems they should discuss. Among such challenges are: improving state management, ensuring the constitutional balance of powers, protecting rights of the opposition, building a liberal economy, and instituting administrative, judicial, fiscal, budget and municipal reforms. He said it was important to hold a nationwide dialogue to tackle these issues.

“Today the nation is getting used to hearing politicians and their position to either support or reject it,” he said.

The Head of State also noted the importance of Ukraine’s EU choice.

“I am convinced that it is not some beautiful theory or some fad for Ukraine and its people. The standards of living in Europe are the best standards nowadays. So it is logical that humans always seek what is better,” he said.


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