The reformers called? New foreigners in Ukraine

Реформаторов звали? Новые иностранцы в Украине

Advisors to the new Cabinet became the author of two reforms in the style of “shock therapy”.

After the change of government from Cabinet Ministers were dismissed, all foreigners.

But the authorities have already found new expats, but now they will not take up Ministerial posts and will lead the support group for reforms in the Cabinet of Ministers.

The co-chairs of the group will be the pole Leszek Balcerowicz and Slovakia’s Ivan Miklos.

Correspondent.nethas gathered information about new invited the reformers.

New appointments

One of the most successful architects of Polish reforms Leszek Balcerowicz became the presidential representative in the Cabinet of Ministers and co-chair of the group of support of reforms in the Cabinet.

The corresponding decree of the President Petro Poroshenko signed on Friday, according to his press service.

Poroshenko with the Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman met with Balcerowicz, and former Minister of Finance of Slovakia Ivan Miklos, who is the second co-chair of the group of support of reforms in the Cabinet.

Реформаторов звали? Новые иностранцы в Украине


The press service added that the creation of a single group of strategic advisers to support reforms in Ukraine supported by the European Union on Thursday Poroshenko discussed this issue with EU Commissioner for European neighbourhood policy and enlargement negotiations Johanesson Gunn.

“Our principled position is that we will not have presidential and Prime Minister’s teams and groups. We will have a single, United team, which will reform the country”, – said Poroshenko.

Balcerowicz also appointed Advisor to the President.

“Development of Ukraine is much better than the picture you paint about Ukraine. I have to show these achievements, which are not always seen by West,” Balcerowicz said.

He said that one of his priorities in his new position will be actively working with Western investors and politicians to represent the real situation in Ukraine and the achievements of the country on the path of reforms.

Miklos added that Ukraine has considerable unused potential.

“Our goal is not the creation of some parallel structures and help Ukrainian reformers to overcome the problems. Going to work,” he said.

Who Balcerowicz

Balcerowicz was Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland 1989-91 and 1997-2000 and President of the National Bank of Poland in 2000-2007.

Balcerowicz was born in Lipno small town located between Poznan and Wroclaw in 1947. In 1970 he graduated with honors from the Department of foreign trade of the Main school of planning and statistics in Warsaw. In 1974 he obtained a masters at the University of St. Jones new York, and in 1975 he defended his doctoral thesis in Warsaw.

Реформаторов звали? Новые иностранцы в Украине

Leszek Balcerowicz

Joining in the early 80s along with many Pro-Western oriented intellectuals, the technocrats of his generation in the ranks of “Solidarity”, Balcerowicz not playing a prominent political role.

By the time of the coming to power of the Solidarity financial system of Poland was destroyed, paralyzed the supply, prices rose on the background of General scarcity. Required urgent measures on formation of mechanisms of market economy, financial and monetary stabilization.

After retiring from government, he for some time left in scientific studies, he became Professor of Main trade school in Warsaw, and has lectured in prestigious universities of Western Europe and the USA, has published several books about the experience of Polish reforms.

The essence of the Balcerowicz reforms in Poland

By the beginning of the program of the Balcerowicz – 1 January 1990, Poland’s economy was in a deep economic crisis was of a systemic nature.

The way out of the situation the country’s leadership saw the course as a radical system changes:

• changing patterns of ownership,

• de-monopolization of the economy,

• full introduction of market mechanisms,

• reform financial and banking systems, as well as the convertibility of the zloty, providing the open nature of the economy.

The beginning of the systemic change was to be combined with the stage of stabilization of the economy, the main elements of which were the following financial measures:

1. Highly restrictive monetary policy, reflected in a sharp reduction in monetary emission.

2. The elimination of budget deficits, mainly due to the significant restriction of subsidies for food, raw materials, means of production, energy, etc.

3. The liberalization of the bulk of the price – more than 90% of prices are free.

4. The introduction of partial convertibility of the Polish currency – the zloty – when significant devaluations, unification of the exchange rate on all markets and liberalization of foreign trade.

5. Highly restrictive incomes policies.

It is this complex of financial measures and in Poland has received the name of “shock therapy”.

Reform Of Miklos

Ivan Miklos was held in Slovakia, the posts of Minister of privatization (1991-1992), Vice-Prime Minister for economy (1998-2002), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (2002-2006 and 2010-2012).

Along with the Prime Minister of Slovakia mikuláš Dzurinda, by, Miklos is the author of the Slovak economic reforms.

Реформаторов звали? Новые иностранцы в Украине


Since 2014 Ivan Miklos and advises the Ukrainian government. Miklos calls the main condition for the success of economic reforms, the speed of their implementation.

“The more radical will be the transformation, the faster you start the recovery, and hence shorter will be the shock period. This is evidenced by the experience of Slovakia, Poland, Baltic countries. But the most dangerous is a half – hearted reforms. Actually, Ukraine is a vivid example of how dangerous are such reforms. That’s why you need a comprehensive and radical transformation,” he said.