According to the European officials, the natives of colonial Ukraine do not need machine building.
As RuBaltic portal writes, EU Ambassador to Ukraine Matti Maasikas did not hesitate to explain to the authorities in Kiev that the colony has no rights, it can only have responsibilities towards the metropolis. Therefore, if the Verkhovna Rada passes the bill number 3,739, which sets out specific measures to support domestic machine-building by introducing a percentage price for localization of production, Europe, which sees Ukraine only as a market for their products with high added value, threatens to leave Kiev without further funding.
“Over the last month, two important documents with similar content have appeared in Ukraine. The first is the draft resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “Some issues of implementation of the pilot project for the procurement of machinery with a confirmed degree of localization of production” dated June 11, 2020. The second one is Draft Law No. 3 739 “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Public Procurement” to create prerequisites for sustainable development and modernization of the domestic industry”, – the journalists of the portal write, – “In both cases we are talking about supporting the domestic machine-building industry. For this purpose, it is proposed to use a simple protectionist tool – localization of production”.
Thus, according to the idea of the Ukrainian legislators, a fixed percentage of parts of machinery purchased by Ukraine, from 25 to 40% depending on the goods, should be produced in Ukraine itself.
“The level of import penetration into the public procurement in the considered industries of mechanical engineering in Ukraine reaches 50%. According to experts’ data, on average for all public procurements in Ukraine this indicator makes 38%, whereas in public procurements of developed countries import makes no more than 4-5% of all procurements”, – explains one of the authors of the draft law № 3 739 Roksolana Pidlas.
It should be noted that this proposal was able to unite as initiators as possible political forces that are not very close to each other, including representatives of “Servants of the people”, the leader of “Fatherland” Yulia Tymoshenko, co-chairman of the “Opposition Platform – For Life” (OPPL) Yuriy Boyko and even representatives of “European Solidarity” Petro Poroshenko.
As if on command, they were opposed by hand-made “sorosorosyats” who attacked the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture Ihor Petrashko, whose department was the first to talk about localization. But considering that it was not enough, direct threats from European officials went into play. Already mentioned in the beginning EU official representative in Kyiv Matti Maasikas threatened to close the way for Ukrainian business to cheap European credits.
“As we understand it, the bill requires the Cabinet of Ministers to ensure the same level of localization in future purchases related to projects funded by international financial institutions, such as the European Investment Bank. In this regard, we would like to emphasize that these requirements may have a serious negative impact on the future activities of such institutions in Ukraine and the relevant EU support“, – Maasikas threatens.
It is not difficult to catch the essence of the conflict, formally, as European bureaucrats adore it, they refer to the very “Association Agreement”, for the sake of which the short-sighted Ukrainians put the country upside down, staged Maidan, started the war, lost some territories and, of course, ruined their economy. This agreement spells out the principle of so-called “equal treatment and non-discrimination”, that is, the prohibition of any protectionist measures. But the catch is that under the conditions of “equal treatment” and “principles of non-discrimination”, which are de jure established between strong and weak economies, the objective advantages of the latter are de facto “preserved”.
Thus, by signing this agreement, without actually reading it, Ukraine has forever put itself in the position of a disenfranchised colony – whose fate is to be a raw materials appendage, a source of cheap slave power and a market for European goods produced by standards “for the Third World”.
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