EU WILL NOT COMPROMISE ON FREEDOMS IN UKRAINE

25.10.10


Stefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood PolicyAccording to a report by UNIAN, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, told one of its correspondents that European Union is ready to compromise with Ukraine in all matters except on violation of democratic freedoms.

Füle said that the EU is looking forward to the EU-Ukraine summit on 22 November when visas, associate membership, free trade and support of reforms would be discussed.  He added that "there will also be discussion about matters debated last week in the European Parliament" (20 October) following a statement on the situation in Ukraine, which was prepared by both Mr Füle and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton.

That debate supported the expressions of concern “at consistent and wide-spread reports of deterioration in respect for fundamental freedoms and democratic principles in Ukraine. Particularly worrying are complaints related to freedom of the media, freedom of assembly and freedom of association.  Respect of these fundamental values is essential. They are the best guarantors of individual freedoms. They ensure a genuine competition of ideas. They are an essential component of truly open, innovative, and competitive societies.  On 1 October, the Ukrainian Constitutional Court handed down a judgment which overturned constitutional changes made after the 2004 Orange Revolution. This decision only increases the need for Ukraine to achieve wider constitutional reform through an inclusive constitutional reform process, and very much takes up a key theme of your resolution of 25 February this year. Such a process should seek to establish an effective and lasting constitutional system of checks and balances in accordance with European standards.  For the European Union and our Member States respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law are fundamental principles that bind us together. They are principles that cannot be compromised - so too for our relations with key partners such as Ukraine. The pace and depth of our rapprochement with Ukraine will be determined by full respect for these values".



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