The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Thursday, February 4, held a private meeting, which was interrupted on Wednesday, 3 February, said during a briefing in Kyiv Vice Prime Minister — Minister of regional development, construction and housing and communal services of Ukraine Gennady Zubko.
«A meeting of the Cabinet. Today was a continuation of yesterday’s meeting. Considered urgent matters, including under the program «warm» loans and energy efficiency, said Deputy Prime Minister. — Were allocated 500 million UAH of gosobvinenie from the stabilization Fund to support vocational education. There were also changes in orders permitting the purchase of equipment combined (territorial) communities. Other organizational issues very soon will be more information».
While Zubko did not answer, were present at the meeting, the Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko and Minister of economic development and trade aivaras abromavicius, who declared on the eve of his resignation. In addition, Zubco did not specify whether it had taken at the government session the decision about the resignations of the Vice Abromavicius, also reported about the resignation from their posts following the Minister.
«I can say that the government is unified. We believe that we need to move forward, to continue the reforms and not to stop,» said Zubko.
On 3 February the Minister of economic development and trade aivaras abromavicius announced his decision to resign. One of the main reasons he called the pressure and corrupt practices by the people’s Deputy from «Blok Petro Poroshenko» Igor Kononenko, whom the media also referred to as «financial guarantor» of the President of Ukraine.
Abromavicius deputies also resigned.
MP and the Deputy of the faction «Block Petro Poroshenko in Parliament Igor Kononenko called emotional decision Abromavicius and considers it an attempt to absolve themselves of responsibility for failures in work of the Ministry of economic development and trade.
In the National anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine opened criminal proceedings on application by the Minister of economic development.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has promised to protect the members of the Cabinet from the pressure, but noted that «resignation is to escape from the battlefield».
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with Abromavicius and stated that he should remain at his post. The Minister took the time to think.
Ambassadors of European countries, USA and Canada also opposed the resignation of Abromavicius.
At the end of 2015 after a year and a half to work in the civil service to resign from the post of first Deputy Minister of infrastructure left , Vladimir his arm, and from the post of first Deputy head of the national Bank of Ukraine Alexander Pisaruk, and in January – the first Deputy head of the Ministry of economic development Ruslan Korzh, All prior to his appointment he worked in the business.
We will remind also that on September 18, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada did not support the resignation of the healthcare Minister Alexander Kvitashvili.
In December, the resignation of the Minister of infrastructure Andriy Pivovarsky. In January 2016 to leave the Cabinet decided and the Minister of agrarian policy and food Alex Pavlenko.
The parliamentary coalition is discussing changing the composition of the Cabinet.
The Cabinet held a closed meeting 04.02.2016