STATEMENT BY THE AUGB GENERAL COUNCIL FOLLOWING UKRAINE'S DECISION TO HALT EU INTEGRATION PROCESS

21.11.13


The Association of Ukrainians is both shocked and deeply disappointed at the Ukrainian government's decision today to stop working on the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the European Union.  

The reason given, that the decision was in the interests of Ukraine's national and economic security, is frankly disingenuous. 

It is clear that many of the reforms that the EU had set as preconditions to the Agreement were unpalatable to President Yanukovych and his ruling Party of the Regions, and progress has been slow, particularly in relation to reform of the judicial and electoral systems to demonstrably conform with European democratic standards. The case of Yuliya Tymoshenko has been a particular thorn in the President's side, and the EU was right to take a stand against seriously flawed politically motivated judicial processes.

It is equally clear that, having authorised the initialisation of the Association Agreement and the DCFTA earlier this year with the view to Ukraine signing the Agreements in Vilnius next week, President Yanukovych and Prime Minister Azarov have been conducting simultaneous secret negotiations with the Russian government which, unlike the EU, does not demand any democratic standards for entry to the Customs Union. So authoritarianism, corruption, selective justice and erosion of press freedom will now be able to continue unchecked.

The decision today is a betrayal of the European aspirations of the majority of Ukrainian people. President Yanukovych and his government have blocked Ukraine’s civilised path towards: 

  • Increased stability, prosperity and democracy
  • European principles, ideals and values
  • reform of the judicial system and law enforcement
  • higher economic standards and trade with Europe (estimated at three times the current GDP per capita) 

By turning away from Europe, President Yanukovych has shown that he, his Prime Minister and his government have no political principle, are incapable of democratic reform and cannot be trusted to act in the best interests of the people they have been elected to serve. 

AUGB General Council



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