23 April, 2013 12:25 ▪
Ukraine is far behind fulfilling Association Agreement deadline, experts claim
“Although three weeks remain until the May 15 deadline, the parliament has put itself in a very tough position. It doesn’t meet the last week of the month to allow MPs to work in local districts. The first two weeks of May are vacations to commemorate the May 1 Labour Day, Orthodox Easter on May 5 and the May 9 Victory Day holiday”, says Zenon Zawada, an American journalist.
Given the long holiday week, the pro-government parliamentary majority is unlikely to call an extraordinary session to approve the required amendments and laws by May 14.
“Even if the required legislation is passed, the likelihood of an EU go-ahead is still below 50/50, given that the EU leadership will be looking for decisive reforms, of which there are little. EU leaders also have a bad taste in their mouths with the imprisonment of former Premier Yulia Tymoshenko and the eviction of her lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, from parliament,” claims Oleksandr Sushko, Director of the Kyiv-based Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC).
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