The Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament and the Chair of the European Parliament's Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee visited Ukraine on 7-8 April. They met with the Ukrainian President, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, as well as with the Speaker and other key members of the Verkhovna Rada, political leaders and civil society representatives.
"Our first visit took place at the end of a very successful week for EU-Ukraine relations, with the overwhelming vote in favour of visa liberalisation in the European Parliament plenary and the payment of a third tranche of EU macro-financial assistance to Ukraine. Both decisions are two sides of a same coin – the strong willingness of the EU to support Ukraine on its European reform path against the background of the ongoing Russian aggression,” said the two Members of the European Parliament in a joint statement.
“Our visit aimed therefore not only at demonstrating solidarity with the Ukrainian people, but also at encouraging all stakeholders to pursue the reform efforts.”
The EU officials encouraged Ukraine to pursue reforms in health, education, pensions, privatisation and the arable land market, all of which are “of crucial importance for the living standards of the people of Ukraine and the economic development of the country”.
The European Parliament representatives also condemned the current suggestions that the territories held by Russian troops and their proxies would be integrated into the Russian economic and administrative system.
“We furthermore conveyed the request of our recent European Parliament resolution to explore the establishment of an international format for negotiations aiming at putting an end to the occupation of Crimea," noted the statement.