EU Spokesperson on parliamentary elections in Ukraine: fundamental rights and freedoms observed, shortcomings identified and should be addressed

24-07-2019
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The EU Spokesperson issued a statement following the Parliamentary elections in Ukraine, which took place on 21 July. “Following the presidential elections in March and April, the Ukrainian people have once again given a strong mandate for reform for the next five years,” said the EU. “It is now the responsibility of the new authorities to meet the expectations of Ukraine's citizens.”

The EU Spokesperson referred to the preliminary assessment made by the OSCE/ODIHR (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) Election Observation Mission, according to which “fundamental rights and freedoms were overall respected in the parliamentary elections”.

“The Mission did, however, report vote-buying and intertwined business and political interests that dictate media coverage of elections, as well as other malpractices, in particular in majoritarian districts,” added the statement. “It is important that the Ukrainian authorities address the shortcomings identified, on the basis of OSCE/ODIHR recommendations, ahead of the established electoral cycle, including the 2020 local elections.”

The Spokesperson said the EU stands by a democratic, stable and prosperous Ukraine. “We look forward to continuing to advance our political association and economic integration and deliver on the reform process at the core of our Association Agreement, and closely cooperating to that end with the new Verkhovna Rada and the new Government, once formed.”

“The European Union remains unwavering in its support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders,” concluded the statement.

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EU Statement

Factsheet on EU-Ukraine relations