Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has passed in its first reading the draft bill "On the State Program of Economic and Social Development of Ukraine for 2012 and the main directions of development for 2013 and 2014."

271 MPs out of 382 registered in the hall supported the adoption. BYuT factions in full composition did not vote, and only 9 MPs from Our Ukraine took part in the voting.

Presenting the draft document in the parliament First Vice Prime Minister - Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Andriy Klyuyev said that the aim of the State Program is consistent improvement of the level and quality of life through economic growth, which, in turn, will be based on conditions created by the state for positive structural changes and improvement of national competitiveness.

"The Government formed Program according to the logic "from stabilization to a shift in emphases towards restructuring the economy"," he emphasized.

Andriy Klyuyev called seven major priorities identified in the document for each area of ​​reforms. These are: ensuring conditions for socio-economic growth; modernization of production and infrastructure, improving social standards, strengthening the role of regions in the growth of economy and increase of their responsibility for solving social problems; strengthening national defense; protection of rights and freedoms of citizens, strengthening the rule of law; development of international cooperation.

First Vice Prime Minister also identified seven main objectives of the Program. The first task, he said, is to improve the living conditions of citizens, to increase employment, to create jobs, to reduce inflation and to reduce poverty. The second is improving the quality and accessibility of education and health services. The third is securing food, energy and environmental security. The fourth task, Andriy Klyuyev says, is creating business-friendly environment. The fifth task he called the resumption of long-term loans to businesses and households. The sixth is attracting investment and accelerated reproduction of productive capital. The seventh goal of the document is weakening in the regional development imbalances, particularly through the development of their economic potential and investment attractiveness.

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