Sergiy Taruta – a man of vision, a man for #Ukraine’s future.

| October 12, 2018

This week in the European Parliament one could be forgiven for thinking that Ukraine has already become a member state of the EU.

A large delegation from that country was visiting the Parliament and it seemed that every second conversation in the coffee shops and bars was being held in Ukrainian.

Politicians and business leaders had come together to inform, explain and lobby on behalf of their country.

In group meetings and one to one meetings a particular person stood out amongst the crowd for his refreshing frankness and candour.

What is more, this was a politician bringing a clear vision and well-rehearsed arguments about how to improve the quality of life in Ukraine and what help is needed from the EU.

Sergiy Taruta is a People’s Deputy of Ukraine, a member of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine Parliament). A native of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, he is a politician, businessman and philanthropist.

As a Member of Parliament, he chairs the subcommittee for Cultural Preservation. He also chairs two parliamentary committees on relations with Germany and Azerbaijan.

Sergiy Taruta

Sergiy Taruta

Speaking to EU Reporter, he explained in detail the problems facing Ukraine and outlined his vision for the future of his country.

“The problem is that the ordinary citizen in Ukraine cannot see a future.

Eighty percent of Ukrainian young people want to move abroad to other countries.” he said.  “Ukraine is broken. But it has fantastic resources and potential. It needs to be completely rebuilt.”

When asked how this should be done he was emphatic. “Not by using foreign loans. That just compounds the problem. The debt to GDP ratio is already too high, and more foreign loans would just end up bankrupting the country.”

The politician was very clear on how the country should be repaired and rebuilt.

“Investment, from both abroad and from within the country is the answer, supported and championed by the EU.”

Sergiy Taruta was presenting his vision of the future to a receptive European Parliament and Commission.

His plan – “Ukraine 2030, a Sustainable Development Doctrine” is well thought out and argued. It has ambitions of a ten percent growth in GDP to 750 billion dollars, for the country to join the world’s top 30 competitive economies, and an increase in life expectancy by 7 years for its citizens. All achievable by 2030.

When asked about the current troubles in Eastern Ukraine, he was both diplomatic and positive. He believes that the way to resolve it is by moving responsibility for finding a solution away from Minsk to Vienna, under the OCS.

He thinks that Ukraine, France and Germany together could achieve a negotiated settlement with Russia, whom he sees both as the problem and essential to finding a solution.

He believes that a Ukraine backed diplomatically by the EU can persuade Russia agree a way forward.

His positive manner and diplomatic skills shine out when you meet him.

We asked him what his political ambitions are. He demurred, saying that he did not really want to be a politician but that he wanted to contribute to fixing the problem and make Ukraine a safe and prosperous country for all its citizens.

When pressed to say if he had ambitions to become president or prime minister of Ukraine he would only say that it is only these two positions that give you the power to make these changes.

He may be a reluctant candidate, but he is certainly a credible candidate for either job. The EU likes his vision and messages. Come the elections in Ukraine next year I suspect we may hear more of Sergiy Taruta.

We may well be writing future stories about President or Prime Minister Sergiy Taruta.

Watch this space!

 

 

 

 

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