Almost all countries of the free world have serious problems with their public healthcare systems. Mainly two problems make them unaffordable: On one side it is the demographic development of an aging society with all the aspects of the chronic diseases, on the other side it is an unbelievable progress in medical skills which also increases the cost. On November 20th, DER – Dialog – Europe – Russia and Prof. Wolfgang Aulitzky, president of the Austrian American Foundation, held a very tense international round table dealing with this topic at Schloss Arenberg in Salzburg, home of the AAF. Medical Doctors, economists and politicians from Russia and different EU-countries compared and analyzed the existing public health systems, discussed the problems of accessibility and funding as well as the benefits of prevention and finally took a close look on the training of MDs in the different systems. Examples of best practice and attempts for fundamental reforms stood in the center of the discussions – which, as all the participants pointed out, could only be a beginning and should be carried on.
November 28th, 2017
By Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has agreed with the European Union (EU)'s officials that the block will consider "a Marshall Plan for Ukraine - concentration of all the resources of the EU in a single document, construction of a road map", Poroshenko's media office said in a statement on November 24.
According to the statement, the issue was discussed during the Eastern Partnership Summit on November 24. The summit took place three weeks after the ambassadors of the EU countries, the US, Canada and Japan presented in Vilnius, Lithuania the so-called Marshall Plan for Ukraine. According to the document Kyiv could obtain $5bn per year in the medium term (2018-2020), according to Lithuanian media.
Meanwhile, Poroshenko added that Kyiv agreed with the European Commission that the latter will release a communiqué on "a very ambitious" macro-financial assistance project for 2018-2019.
The president added that there were intense negotiations. "And in the end they yielded this result," Poroshenko's media office quoted him as saying. "To date, this is a motivation for Ukraine to continue reforms. This is the meaning of macro-financial assistance."
His statement comes as the Ukrainian government looks like to miss the requirements for the third loan tranche of the current EU lending programme.
EU Ambassador to Ukraine Hugh Mingarelli warned that Ukraine stands to lose its chance to secure the last €600mn tranche from the EU under the current programme. According to Kyiv-based brokerage Concorde Capital, Mingarelli mentioned that Ukraine still has to complete four requirements to get next wire, including ending a moratorium on timber exports; launching automatic reviews of e-asset and income declarations; adopting a law creating a credit register; launching an electronic system that identifies the beneficiary owners of companies.
"It's positive for the Ukrainian government to have an opportunity to secure more loans, but it has yet to demonstrate a consistent ability to make the most of these opportunities," Concorde's Alexander Paraschiy wrote in a research note on November 27. "Moreover, it's very likely the new programme will contain even more ambitious requirements. Accomplishing even one tranche will be enough to be considered a success for the Ukrainian government, especially since painful reforms are difficult on the eve of an election year."
The purpose of this Memorandum is to propose a strategy to reframe the discussion of the conflict in the Donbas and prepare a political foundation for post-war stability in Ukraine. This might be done by moving the focus of the Normandy Group from military de-escalation to economic reconstruction. The Minsk Process has succeeded so far in stopping the war, but it offers no framework for the reconstruction of those parts of Ukraine which were heavily damaged during one of the worst military conflicts in Europe since decades. De-escalation has so far not led to a lasting peace and restored prosperity. The Minsk Process is missing this last chapter: a credible Plan for Ukraine’s Reconstruction in the East.