April 22, 2013
Pieter Omtzigt, Dutch politician, member of the Christian Democratic Appeal and member of the EPP Group at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, questions the powers of Ukrainian delegation to PACE after Serhiy Vlasenko, lawyer for Yulia Tymoshenko, was stripped of his MP mandate, reports The Ukrainian Week’s correspondent from Strasbourg.
Narodna Mudrislt (Folk Wisdom), a cartoon series produced by the National Television and Radio Company (NTKU), won an LA-based Universe Multicultural Film Festival award, NTKU reports.
April 18, 2013
The special mission of the European Parliament to Ukraine, headed by former President of European Parliament Pat Cox and former Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski has been extended to September, according to Jacek Protasiewicz, EP vice president.
Ukrainian journalists, civil society representatives, NGOs and young people will find it easier to get short-stay visas for trips to the EU thanks to visa deals backed by EP on Thursday, says the statement of the institution.
April 17, 2013
EU should sign the final Agreement even if not every reform called for has been put into effect, provided Yulia Tymoshenko is released, Peter Hannaford, a member of the Committee on the Present Danger, claims in his article for The American Spectator.
“The positions of all member states are now coalescing around the vision of waiting for the situation on the ground to improve while keeping the option of signing the agreement open,” Olga Shumylo-Tapiola, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, writes in her article published on the website of think-tank.
The limitation of Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski mission is their “closed door” policy, Hanne Severinsen, PACE co-Rapporteur in 1995-2008, told The Ukrainian Week.
April 9, 2013
Yuriy Lutsenko`s pardon has only given Ukraine some time, Pawel Kowal, member of the European Parliament and Chair of EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, notes in his opinion for New Eastern Europe.
“The pardons are certainly good signs, but while they might halt the deterioration in relations with the EU, the talks on the EU trade deal remain at an impasse,” claims Business New Europe.
“Yuriy Lutsenko's pardon means very little for Ukraine’s democratic process, as the current ruling powers are determined to remain in that position,” writes Forbes.
April 8, 2013
Yuriy Lutsenko release from prison could be seen as a first step towards the Association Agreement, Hanne Severinsen, PACE co-Rapporteur in 1995-2008, told The Ukrainian Week.
Thorbjørn Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary General, and Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) have welcomed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s pardon of former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko, is stated on the Council of Europe official website.
Yuriy Lutsenko pardon is an important step by the Ukrainian authorities in addressing the concerns regarding the matter of selective justice, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, said in a joint statement.
March 28, 2013
“Pro-regime political forces in Ukraine have always spent a lot more on political consultants and lobbyists in Washington than the democratic opposition,” Taras Kuzio, a non-resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS in Washington, claims in his opinion for UPI.
After four years, the EU's Eastern Partnership (EaP) has not delivered any tangible political or social results, Olaf Osica, director of the Centre of Eastern Studies in Poland, said during the discussion in the European Parliament.
After record snowfall Ukraine can do nothing to prevent the economy falling into recession in the first quarter of 2013, after GDP growth of 0.2 per cent in 2012, writes Financial Times.
March 27, 2013
Western sanctions could hurt the weakest part of Ukrainian society and push the country in the Russian arms, Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission, noted at the Europe’s Eastern Neighborhood and the Future of the Eastern Partnership discussion held at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Marh 14.
Visegrad states could play a special role in promoting the liberalization of EU visa requirements for its eastern neighbours, Marta Jaroszewicz, senior research fellow at Centre for Eastern Studies, notes in her article for Visegradrevue.
It is important for EU to open door for Ukraine without fighting Russia, Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission, noted at the Europe’s Eastern Neighborhood and the Future of the Eastern Partnership discussion held at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on March 14.
“The failure of Western governments to achieve their goals in Tymoshenko’s case corroborates a hypothesis about the limits of the EU’s democratic conditionality in relations with authoritarian states,” Serhiy Kudelia, assistant professor of political science at Baylor University, writes in his article for Problems of Post-Communism magazine.
March 19, 2013
“The president Viktor Yanukovych Family seems to be following the principle of “more for me” in managing the state and economy,” write Jana Kobzova, policy fellow and programme coordinator at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Balazs Jarabik, an associate fellow at FRIDE and the Central European Policy Institute, on their article for ECFR The EU's relationship with Ukraine: fling or partnership?
The new tax on bank deposits in the offshore tax haven is unlikely to hit Ukrainian businesses and wealthy individuals hard as they keep large amounts of funds elsewhere, expert says.
“After the summit held on February 25 in Brussels the EU-Ukraine relations are further deteriorating,” Amanda Paul, Policy Analyst and Programme Executive at The European Policy Centre, argues in her blog on Turkish newspaper Today`s Zaman.
“Viktor Yanukovych must sense that his own cadres are grumbling and could at some point even be tempted to go against him,” Alexander J. Motyl, American historian and professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, writes in his blog on The World Affairs Journal.
New car duties on car imports protect Ukrainian oligarchs but risk infuriating fellow WTO members, FT writes.
Period: March 19, 2013 — May 21, 2013, record count: 76
The Yanukovych regime is sticking to its utilitarian approach to European integration, while presenting it as the pragmatic protection of Ukraine’s interests.
May 17, Oleksandr Kramar, 0
Why are Batkivshchyna and UDAR leaders celebrating a Ukrainian tragedy?
May 17, Ihor Losiev, 0
De-Russification to a split with the Soviet past
May 17, Ihor Losiev, 0
The government is replacing an alternative source of gas imports with an alternative trader
May 17, Oleksandr Kramar, 0