News Politics, 22/09/2018

MEPs and Ukrainian MPs Determined to Bring Kyiv Closer to the EU

European Parliament delegation visited Ukraine on the occasion of the 8th EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee meeting on September 17-20. Besides discussions in Verkhovna Rada, MEPs attended  Western Ukraine – Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and the Carpathian region.

“We reiterated our unwavering support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, condemning Russian aggression in the east of Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea. We regretted the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, and called the Russian Federation and the separatists it backs to honor their commitments fully. We encouraged the Ukrainian MPs to prolong the Donbas special status law expiring on 10 October 2018. Taking into consideration the upcoming elections both in Ukraine and European Parliament, we discussed with our counterparts in the Ukrainian Parliament the achievements which, in our view, should be consolidated and the shortcomings that can still be overcome in the next few months, while acknowledging and welcoming the progress made in numerous areas,” stated the Chair of the delegation Dariusz Rosati after the stay completion.

Taking into consideration the upcoming elections both in Ukraine and European Parliament, the delegation discussed with the counterparts in the Ukrainian Parliament “the achievements which should be consolidated and the shortcomings that can still be overcome in the next few months, while acknowledging and welcoming the progress made in numerous areas.”

“In this respect, we encouraged all sides to step up efforts in order to adopt the new electoral law in second reading as soon as possible. We also expressed hope that the renewed Central Electoral Commission will swiftly enable the local elections planned for the autumn to take place, to ensure the further continuation of the highly positive decentralization process. We stressed that the good achievements made in the field of anti-corruption should not be jeopardized by attacks on the independence and doubts about the integrity of these institutions, and that the High Anti-Corruption Court should be swiftly set up. Regarding the implementation of the Association Agreement, we highlighted the need to tackle in priority a few areas which are crucial for the modernization of the country and for attracting foreign investments – such as taxation, customs, intellectual property rights and transport,” underlined Rosati in his statement.

According to the MEP delegation head, this meeting confirmed the excellent level of cooperation and interaction with partners in the Verkhovna Rada, as reflected in the joint final statement and recommendations adopted by unanimity.

“We stressed in all our meetings with local authorities, students, business representatives, our strong determination to bring forward the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the EU. It is of crucial importance that we continue raising awareness on the concrete benefits of this close partnership for all citizens,” concluded Rosati.

Dariusz Rosati is a Polish professor of economics and a politician who is a member of the European Parliament since June 2004, where he belongs to the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats). As the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation, Rosati is also co-chair of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee. Mikola Kniazhytskyi, member of the Verkhovna Rada, is the co-chair.

The European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee counts 16 full members, supported by a strong cohort of substitute members. The Delegation Vice-Chairs are MEPs Tibor Szanyi, a Hungarian Member from the Socialist and Democrat group, and Kaja Kallas, and Estonian Member from the ALDE group (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe).

Source: Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

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