President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Petros Efthymiou supports the course of President and Government of Ukraine to carry out structural reforms in the state. He said this during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov, according to governmental portal.

"I am an advocate of the course you chose, Mr. Prime Minister, and the President of Ukraine outlined - it is the way of deep reforms. Being Greek, I am well aware that delaying reforms forces then to pay double or even triple price," said Petros Efthymiou.

In turn, Prime Minister of Ukraine informed that the Government carried out a number of structural reforms, including pension, tax, administrative, etc., due to which the Cabinet managed to stabilize the financial and economic situation in the country.

"For the year of our Government, we had to conduct tough reforms, because we had a huge external debt. We carry out pension reform, we had to reduce dramatically the costs of the budget, to go on such difficult but necessary measures as increasing tariffs for population, but thanks to this financial and economic situation stabilized," said Mykola Azarov.

He stressed that now GDP growth in Ukraine is 5%, and industrial growth - 9%. "We managed to conduct these reforms and transformations due to the fact that for the first time since Ukraine's independence there is mutual understanding in the country between the President, Government and Parliament," summed up the Prime Minister.

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