EURO COMMISSION: ADOPT 'EUROPEAN INTEGRATION' LAWS AND SOLVE TYMOSHENKO'S ISSUE BY NOVEMBER 18

11.11.13


Interfax Ukraine is this morning reporting that Peter Stano, writing on behalf of Euro Commissioner Stefan Fule, has said that the European Commission welcomes the adoption at first reading of the 'European integration' bills by Ukraine's parliament is urging Kyiv to pass these bills during the second reading.  It is also calling on the Ukrainian authorities to solve the situation with former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko by 18 November.

"We welcome the adoption in first reading by the Verkhovna Rada today, on Friday, November 8, of the draft legislation on the reform of the General Prosecutor's Office – a significant step in the reform of Ukraine's judiciary - and of the draft legislation for parliamentary elections. This progress must now be consolidated by the prompt adoption of the two laws also in a second reading. In this context, we welcome the calling of an extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada next Wednesday," Stano said.

On Tymoshenko, Stano wrote: "We fully support the ongoing efforts by the Cox/Kwasniewski mission to this end: their final report to the European Parliament will be of crucial importance," and then added that "the Vilnius Summit will take place in less than three weeks and the EU will need to take its decision on the possible signing of the AA/DCFTA already at the November 18 meeting of the Foreign Affair Committee. The time for delivery (therefore - ed.) is short".



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