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29 May, 2013 08:00   ▪  

MEPs called the Ukrainian government to implement reforms

Key judicial and rule-of-law reforms in Ukraine must not only be adopted but carried out ahead of the November Eastern Partnership Summit, foreign affairs MEPs told the Ukrainian foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, at the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.

“Ukraine is on the right track” in implementing its reform agenda agreed at the last EU-Ukraine summit, Kozhara told MEPs, pointing to initiatives to strengthen the independence of the judiciary and reform criminal procedures, the role of the prosecutor and the electoral process.

He stressed that the reforms “would take time” as a change of mindset on the part of investigators, prosecutors and other actors was needed. MEPs underlined the need to end the practice of the selective justice, step up coordination over EU issues at parliamentary level and ensure an effective change of approach towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Source: European Parliament (press release)

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