22 April, 2013 13:30 ▪
The powers of Ukrainian delegation are questioned at PACE
According to the PACE Charter, this is subject to discussion at a Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs meeting.
The spring session of the Council of Europe started on April 22. It will not discuss Ukraine this time.
Meanwhile, European MPs discussed the powers of Ukrainian delegation more than once in the previous sessions. Reasons for this included disproportionate representation of the government and opposition in the delegation and MPs switching factions. Yet, not once did this peak in the suspension of powers.
On March 6, the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine stripped Vlasenko of his MP mandate. The official ground was the fact that he combined his MP activities with that of Tymoshenko’s lawyer.
Foreign politicians and experts believe that this decision pushes Ukraine farther from EU Association.
- EU delays sanctions against Russia until June 30
- Ukraine signs Association Agreement with EU
- European Parliament backs decision to cut customs duties on imports from Ukraine
- Expert: EU's failure on Ukraine will have a negative impact on the European integration of Moldova and Georgia
- Štefan Füle: EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is not “dead”
- MEP Marek Siwiec: it was not the Commission and not Ashton’s team, but the EP that helped to set up requisite conditions to sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine
- Peter Hannaford: sanctions against Ukraine would have the opposite of the desired effect
- Alexander Motyl: EU will never sign an Association Agreement with Ukraine’s version of Robert Mugabe
- Matthew Rojansky: scrutiny and criticism of Ukraine’s record on human rights and democracy issues will surely continue after the Association Agreement is signed
- Tadeusz Olszański: Lutsenko’s release is the only concession which President Yanukovych and his entourage are willing to make