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Q: Knowing the specificities of Ukrainian politics, especially in the election period, what is your recipe for the Ukrainian government to continue on the path of real reforms despite the elections?
First of all, Ukraine will have an electoral year next year, but there is still almost one year to go until the first election. So there is still time to put in place, put in the pipeline and implement important reforms that have been done already and that are still needed.
And I want to say here in front of the media what I said already in front of the media in Kyiv: I really am impressed by the determination and the energy with which the Prime Minister [of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman] and the government are pushing for reforms, especially on anti-corruption. I believe this is really key for your country. So the encouragement is to continue and to add good reforms to the good reforms that have already been put in place.
Second, elections are not a moment where everything is suspended. Elections are the salt of democracy; they are the moment when we celebrate our citizens' right to choose those that are governing the country. It is not a moment of suspension of public life. On the contrary, it is the highest moment of democratic public life. So, this should be also a moment where the government can proudly present to the Ukrainian people - that have been asking for reforms - results and the way ahead, while being able to count on the full support of the international partners. As I said, the European Union has been there from the very beginning with a massive political and also financial support and it will continue to be so.