The Parliamentary Assembly Supports Ukraine on the Path to European Integration
Written declaration No. 540 | Doc. 13184 | 23 April 2013
We welcome the commitment of the Ukrainian authorities and the practical results achieved in the framework of the implementation of the European Union Council Conclusions of 10 December 2012 on Ukraine. It clearly demonstrates the willingness of Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013 within the “Eastern Partnership” Summit.
It is of special significance that on 22 February 2013 the Parliament of Ukraine adopted by constitutional majority the Statement on Implementing Ukraine’s European Integration Aspirations and the Conclusion of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.
The Decree of the President of Ukraine on the Pardon of the former Minister of the Interior Yuriy Lutsenko and the former Minister of the Environment Georgiy Fylypchuk signed on 7 April 2013 also confirmed the desire to honour the commitments of Ukraine, including those related to the execution of the decisions of the European Court on Human Rights. We expect further progress in the implementation of all Court decisions related to Ukraine.
Reaffirming our support for the implementation of internal reforms in Ukraine, we recognise that the critical moment has been reached for creating the necessary preconditions for signing the Association Agreement in 2013. Therefore, we call on both sides – Ukraine and the European Union – to make every effort to bring Ukraine closer to the European Union within the shortest period of time.
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