After his meeting with the President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych, PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon welcomed the decision to embrace European values and standards, which Ukraine made when it joined the Council of Europe. “This decision is good for the Ukrainian people and I welcome the commitment shown by President Yanukovych personally and also the Ukrainian authorities towards the 47-member Council of Europe,” said Mr Mignon.
“Ukraine has already made considerable headway in honouring the commitments it gave on joining the Council of Europe. The co-operation programmes under way between Ukraine and the Council of Europe are a good way of implementing the necessary reforms and I hope that the draft legislation on elections and reform of the prosecution service, currently being discussed in Parliament, will be adopted soon, bearing in mind the recommendations made by the Venice Commission,” continued the President.
“The Council of Europe is providing Ukraine with expertise and good practices to help it find the most appropriate arrangements and I am particularly pleased at the way the Ukrainian authorities have worked closely with the Venice Commission. I am confident that we are on the right track,” noted Mr Mignon.
The discussions focused on issues of topical concern for the Council of Europe, such as reform of the monitoring mechanisms and the search for solutions to frozen conflicts.