October 5, Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danylyuk, Acting Head of the State Fiscal Service (SFS) Myroslav Prodan, State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Yevheniy Kapinus, Advisor to the Minister Yana Bugrimova met with international partners to discuss the State Fiscal Service Reform Project and agreed to hold monthly meetings to monitor the implementation of the introduced initiatives.
Participants included Hugues Mingarelli, the Ambassador of the EU to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, the Ambassador of the USA to Ukraine, Roman Washchuk, the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, Francis Malige, the Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus for the EBRD, Goesta Ljungman, the IMF Resident Representative to Ukraine, Algirdas Šemeta, Business Ombudsman in Ukraine, Holger Kremer, Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Brian Sill, representative of United States Department of the Treasury, Warren Wilson, officer of Economic Department of US Embassy in Ukraine.
"We continue to implement recommendations on the reform of the State Fiscal Service. We have the support of all key stakeholders and international partners. This is a complex transformation of the SFS structure that we are carrying out in cooperation with the SFS management and international advisors. This is not a quick process, but we work insistently with the professional team, and our aim is to make the process of changes irreversible. We are changing fundamentally the philosophy of the SFS, transforming it from fiscal authority to service focused agency. Its major function should be to encourage voluntary compliance. This reform is one of the most important for business climate improvement and economic development," - Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk pointed.
All the participants expressed their support for the SFS Reform Project and emphasized that operational changes within the structure would help the SFS to cooperate with taxpayers, and facilitate the further transformation of the principles of work of the Service.
It is planed to hold monthly meetings of the Advisory Council to coordinate further steps and to monitor already implemented initiatives.
To recall, 10 priority initiatives that could be implemented in the short term were determined within the SFS Reform Project.