27.11.14 18:34

Slovakia Offered to Send its Civil Servants to Ukraine: "We Have Experience of Socialist System Transformation into European One"

Slovakia can provide its experts to serve in Ukrainian governance structures.

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in Ukraine Juraj Siváček announced Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"This possibility has been discussed previously at various levels between the two parties, as Slovakia has experience of transformation - we all went through it in practice during the transition from the old socialist system of government to the European one," Siváček said.

He added that now the ball is on Ukraine's court, because the Ukrainian legislation currently prohibits foreigners to hold public offices.

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According to the diplomat, the two sides could find a mutually acceptable approaches attracting Slovak experts, in particular, and ways to help finance such a project. For example, this could be accomplished through the establishment of relevant international funds.

Siváček also noted the importance of continued cooperation of the Visegrad countries and Ukraine. "All countries of the Visegrad Group, which is quite successful regional association of member countries of the European Union and NATO, are interested in working with Ukraine as a large and important country, which has its own interests and its future, I hope that it will be our common European future," he said.

According to him, there are discussions on various issues within this Association, but the member states are trying to reach consensus with respect to Ukraine as well.

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The Ambassador stressed that it is here and now when Ukraine has a difficult time, there are opportunities for cooperation with the Visegrad Group. "The readiness for this was demonstrated during the recent meeting of President Poroshenko with leaders of the Visegrad Group in Bratislava," Siváček recalled.

In this context, he stressed the importance of increasing the supply of natural gas through Slovakia to Ukraine after the installation of the first phase of a new gas delivery measuring station on the Slovak-Ukrainian border, which began today.

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