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The Ukrainian Parliament should finalise the creation of preconditions for signing the Association Agreement with the European Union

Written declaration No. 554 | Doc. 13314 | 01 October 2013

Mr Valeriu GHILETCHI, Republic of Moldova, EPP/CD ; Mr Viorel Riceard BADEA, Romania, EPP/CD ; Mr Joe BENTON, United Kingdom, SOC ; Ms Eka BESELIA, Georgia, SOC ; Mr Márton BRAUN, Hungary, EPP/CD ; Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Arcadio DÍAZ TEJERA, Spain, SOC ; Mr Jim DOBBIN, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Cătălin Daniel FENECHIU, Romania, ALDE ; Mr Gvozden Srećko FLEGO, Croatia, SOC ; Mr Daniel FLOREA, Romania, SOC ; Ms Alina Ștefania GORGHIU, Romania, ALDE ; Mr Mike HANCOCK, United Kingdom, ALDE ; Ms Arpine HOVHANNISYAN, Armenia, EPP/CD ; Mr Vahe HOVHANNISYAN, Armenia, ALDE ; Mr Florin IORDACHE, Romania, SOC ; Mr Gediminas JAKAVONIS, Lithuania, ALDE ; Ms Stella JANTUAN, Republic of Moldova, SOC ; Mr Ferenc KALMÁR, Hungary, EPP/CD ; Mr Attila KORODI, Romania, EPP/CD ; Ms Orinta LEIPUTĖ, Lithuania, SOC ; Ms Guguli MAGRADZE, Georgia, SOC ; Sir Alan MEALE, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Joseph O'REILLY, Ireland, EPP/CD ; Mr Aleksandrs SAKOVSKIS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Samad SEYIDOV, Azerbaijan, EDG ; Mr Yanaki STOILOV, Bulgaria, SOC ; Mr Ionuț-Marian STROE, Romania, ALDE ; Mr Emanuelis ZINGERIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD ; Ms Naira ZOHRABYAN, Armenia, ALDE

We welcome the continuing efforts of the Ukrainian authorities towards the implementation of reforms undertaken to meet its obligations and commitments within the membership of the Council of Europe and the creation of preconditions for the signing the Association Agreement with the European Union.

We were pleased to note that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted by a Constitutional majority a number of decisions on this way. We should also mention the progress in the reform of the Prosecutor’s Office and the execution of court decisions.

Particularly, we consider as a positive sign that the draft Law of Ukraine “On amending the Constitution of Ukraine on Strengthening the Independence of Judges”, which had received a positive opinion of the Venice Commission, was successfully included in the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada and submitted for the consideration of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. The fast adoption of the current version of this draft law jointly by all political parties represented in the Ukrainian Parliament will serve as a key value for a comprehensive Constitutional reform that has been repeatedly recommended by our Assembly.

Reaffirming our full support for the signature of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union in November 2013, we would like to urge all the Ukrainian authorities, political forces and the civil society to make maximum efforts to bring Ukraine closer to the European Union.