Commissioner welcomes commitment to reforms by Ukrainian opposition

The political situation in Ukraine and the prospects for signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit in November were the focus of yesterday’s meeting between Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, and Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the leader of the “United Opposition” in Ukraine and Head of the “Batkivshchyna” Parliamentary Faction.

A press release said the outlook for the signature of the new agreement would be considered in the light of the recent Council conclusions (Foreign Affairs Council, 10 December 2012).

Füle said he was pleased that the Verkhovna Rada had got back to work after weeks of stalemate. “Ukraine needs a Parliament where the majority and the opposition engage constructively with each other and assume responsibility on the reforms needed for the country and its citizens in fulfilling their European choice,” he said, adding: “There have been several such positive examples recently but they need to continue and expand.

The Commissioner welcomed the commitment of the three opposition leaders to reforms “that are essential to Ukraine’s European agenda.”

The pardoning of former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and former Environmental Protection Minister Heorhiy Filipchuk sent out an important signal,  Füle stressed, adding that the EU “looked forward to Ukraine addressing the outstanding case of selective justice.”

The Commissioner stressed the role of the Ukrainian Parliament “in preventing any recurrence of selective justice through the implementation of comprehensive judicial reforms in line with European standards.”

Source: ENPI Info