Young people leaving Ukraine is a big threat not only for the state but also for the economy of Ukraine. Thus, MP Olena Sotnyk says that officially there are 6 million young people in the age of 18-29 years old living in Ukraine now, and 13 million people of pre-retirement and retirement age.
The parliamentarian notes, “This means that already today Ukraine has a serious problem of who will work in the future and create a gross domestic product that should ensure the well-being and stable future for Ukrainians.”
Despite this, the Verkhovna Rada is not doing enough to support young people. For example, it is up to the parliament to contribute funds to the state budget for the youth housing program. Olena Sotnyk is indignant, “For the last five years, only 277 young families have received funding under this program, while 111,000 citizens are still waiting.
However, either this or last year, despite numerous amendments by Samopomich among others, the state budget was not increased by a single hryvnia.”
At the same time, the financing of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Prosecutor’s Office, law enforcement, power unit over the past five years has at least tripled. Olena Sotnyk says that this means that the Verkhovna Rada does not have a vision that youth is a priority.
Summing up, the MP appeals to the Verkhovna Rada, “We have some real mechanisms, but we are not using them. And in such a way we are showing our attitude towards young people.”