The new convocation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine should become the Parliament of the European choice, honorary chairman of the Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovych said, delivering the speech at the XIV Congress of the Party of Regions, ForUm correspondent reports.

"The new convocation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine should become the Parliament of the European choice, but at the same time we must maintain and strengthen relations with Russia and the CIS countries," he said.

Also in his speech, the President touched many aspects of life of the country. In particular, referring to the upcoming parliamentary elections, he said that they are an examination for politicians and citizens. "And we will get top mark in this exam, we will ensure a transparent electoral process, we will not allow political wars and conflicts. This is the main mission of the Party of Regions," the head of the state said.

He said the campaign should be an exemplary one, complying with all democratic standards.
Speaking of the previous two years of the Party of Regions ruling, Yanukovych said: "In two years, we managed to overcome economic ruin, we stabilized the economy. The budget deficit in 2010-2012 decreased considerably. GDP grew by more than 5% in the last year. The hryvnia exchange rate remains stable. The growth of foreign direct investment amounted to 11 billion USD in two years".

Determining the tasks for the future, Yanukovych stressed the need to conduct a fair pension reform, consisting in adoption of a single pension law instead of several effective laws providing for the amount of pension for different segments of the population.

President considers necessary to take into account only employment term and salary of the employee when calculating a pension.

Moreover, Yanukovych touched on the fight against corruption. "There is a politicization of the fight against corruption, but this trick will not work. Corrupt officials must not have the right to the so-called political sympathy," the head of state summed up.


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