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Statement of 28 November 2018 on the 5th anniversary of the Euromaidan revolution

It is our duty to fight against false narratives related to Maidan, say MEPs

Statement by leading MEPs on EU-Ukraine relations following the high-level meeting to commemorate the five years that have passed since the Euromaidan revolution in 2013-2014 on Tuesday.


"Five years ago, young Ukrainians started on the central square of Kyiv what was to become the Revolution of Dignity. They were protesting against tyranny and calling for a free, democratic, independent and European Ukraine. They could not accept the abrupt decision of former President Yanukovych to turn Ukraine away from the European Union and were asking for a deep political transformation.[...]

Statement of 26 November 2018 on escalating tensions in the Sea of Azov

Leading MEPs concerned by growing tensions in the Sea of Azov

"We are profoundly concerned by tensions escalating in the Azov Sea on 25 November, which resulted in an incident between Russian and Ukrainian naval forces, leading to the Russian authorities closing the Kerch strait to traffic and to seizures of Ukrainian vessels, as well as hostilities.[...]


Statement of 25 October 2018 on this year's Sakharov Prize

AFET, D-UA and Euronest Joint statement:

Following the European Parliament's decision to award this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Oleg Sentsov, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs David McALLISTER, Chair of delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee Dariusz ROSATI, Chair of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly Rebecca HARMS and AFET rapporteur on Ukraine Michael GAHLER, stated:

We warmly welcome the decision of the European Parliament to award this year's Sakharov Prize to Oleg Sentsov.

Through his determination to remain a free man despite an unlawful process and inhumane conditions of imprisonment, Oleg Sentsov is an incarnation of freedom of thoughts and a symbol of the struggle against Russian oppression. [...]

Statement of 20 September 2018 following MEPs visit to Ukraine on 17-20 September

Ukraine: MEPs and MPs determined to bring Kyiv closer to the EU

Following MEPs visit to Ukraine on 17-20 September on the occasion of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee meeting, the Chair of the delegation Dariusz Rosati stated:

"We held the 8th meeting of our joint committee with the Verkhovna Rada in Western Ukraine - Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and the Carpathian region, and focused on the issues which are of particular importance for the people living in these areas: regional economic development, including with the help of the EU through cross-border cooperation projects with EU countries, minorities, decentralisation.[...]

Statement of 13 June 2018 on a new macro-financial assistance

D-UA, INTA and AFET Joint statement:

Following the European Parliament's vote in favour of a new macro-financial assistance programme for Ukraine, Chair of delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, Dariusz Rosati, INTA rapporteur on Ukraine Jaroslaw Walesa and AFET rapporteur on Ukraine Michael Gahler, stated:

Today's vote of the Parliament in favour of further macro-financial assistance to Ukraine, amounting to up to 1 billion euro, is not only an illustration of our solidarity with our neighbour Ukraine but also a strong recognition of the important reform efforts undertaken in this country since 2014. [...]

Statement of 22 March 2018 on fight against corruption

D-UA/Euronest and AFET Joint statement:

MEPs urge Ukraine to maintain anti-corruption focus and to avoid any pitfalls.

The EP's Delegation to the EU-Ukraine PAC in cooperation with the European Commission hosted a stock-taking event on the anti-corruption reforms in Ukraine on Thursday.

Together with Commissioner Hahn, representatives of the Ukrainian authorities and heads of anti-corruption agencies, academic experts and civil society organisations MEPs debated the achievements and challenges to fight corruption in Ukraine. Following the event MEPs Dariusz Rosati (EPP, PL), Rebecca Harms (Greens, DE) and Michael Gahler (EPP, DE) stated: "Today's event demonstrates the joint commitment of EU institutions to maintain a strong focus on a successful fight against corruption in Ukraine. Organising such a discussion does not mean that we want to dwell on negative developments only, when dealing with Ukraine - quite the contrary. Our exchange of views has shown that there is good reason for hope, as corruption is being combatted not only through the setting up of relevant institutions, but also through an impressive range of sectoral actions which decisively contribute to closing the space for corruption in many areas.

Statement of 7 March 2018 on Gazprom decision

AFET/D-UA Joint statement:

In light of Gazprom recent announcements, Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, David McAllister, Chair of delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee, Dariusz Rosati, and EP rapporteur on Ukraine, Michael Gahler, stated:

We are deeply concerned about the decision taken by Gazprom on 1st March 2018 to stop supplying pre-paid gas to Ukraine, as well as about the following announcement of Gazprom's withdrawal from the contract with Naftogaz. This is yet another proof of the instrumentalisation of gas supplies as a political tool of pressure by the Russian Federation, which might also impact the EU's energy security.

Statement of 28 February 2018 on EU-Ukraine relations and cooperation

Statement by Mr ROSATI, Chairman:

The EP's delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee and Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels hosted the 3d edition of the "UkraineLab", think tanks' exchange platform, on Tuesday.

MEPs, experts and a large panel of officials and representatives of non-governmental organisations from the EU, Ukraine, US and Canada discussed the avenues for further cooperation.

Statement of 12 Dec. 2017 following the EU-Ukraine Association Council held on 8 Dec.

Ukraine: key MEPs concerned by attacks against the anti-corruption agencies

Following the EU-Ukraine Association Council held on 8 December, Dariusz Rosati (EPP, PL), Michael Gahler (EPP, DE) and Rebecca Harms (Greens, DE), key MEPs working on Ukraine, stated:

"The EU-Ukraine Association Council of 8 December 2017 took place at the end of a successful year for EU-Ukraine relations, starting with the entry into force of the visa-free regime and the full application of the Association Agreement.

We welcome the fact that the Association Council discussed ways ahead for the bilateral relations, including Ukraine's proposal for preparation of steps towards its further integration with the EU Energy Union and Digital Single Market, and for a Customs Union, as well as the strengthening of cooperation in fields such as security and energy.[...]

Statement of 12 October 2017 on human rights in Ukraine

DROI Chair Panzeri and Delegation Chair Rosati: Guarantee accountability for human rights violations

On 12 October 2017, the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) in association with the delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee held an exchange of views with a delegation of the Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and Interethnic relations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, led by its chair MP Hryhoriy Nemyria, with the participation of Ms Valeriya Lutkovska, Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, of representatives of civil society organisations and European institutions.

Following the meeting, DROI Chair MEP Panzeri and Delegation Chair MEP Rosati issued a joint statement.

Statement of 21 September 2017 following the 6th meeting of the EU-Ukraine PAC

MEPs send a message of solidarity while visiting Eastern Ukraine

"For the first time, we held our meeting in Dnipro as a sign of our solidarity for the conflict-affected people," said MEP Dariusz Rosati, Chair of the EP delegation visiting Ukraine.

Members of the European Parliament visited Dnipro, Avdiivka and Kyiv on 18-21 September 2017 on the occasion of the sixth meeting of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee which was held under the co-chairmanship of Dariusz Rosati (EPP, PL) and Mykola Kniazhytskyi (Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine).

Statement of 1 September 2017 on entry into force of EU-Ukraine Agreement

AFET/Delegation Joint statement by

  • Mr David McALLISTER, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,
  • Dariusz ROSATI, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine PAC,
  • Michael GAHLER, AFET standing rapporteur on Ukraine,

Today marks a historic moment in the relations between the European Union and Ukraine, as the ambitious and comprehensive EU-Ukraine Association Agreement finally enters fully into force. It took ten years since the launch of the negotiations until this day - a long and bumpy path that led through Maidan when thousands of citizens stood up for the Dignity of Ukraine and for this Agreement itself to become reality - for some of them even for the cost of their lives.[...]

Statement of 30 May 2017 on the vote of the Dutch Senate

AFET/Delegation Joint statement by:

  • David McALLISTER, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,
  • Dariusz ROSATI, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine PAC,
  • Michael GAHLER, AFET standing rapporteur on Ukraine,
  • Tibor SZANYI, vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine PAC,
  • Kaja KALLAS, vice-Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine PAC.

We warmly welcome today's positive vote of the Dutch Senate on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which paves the way for the full entry into force of this key agreement. For the European Parliament, which ratified this agreement with an overwhelming majority already back in November 2014, this is an excellent - and long awaited news. [...]

Statement of 17 May 2017 on a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens

AFET/Delegation Joint statement by:
  • David McALLISTER, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,
  • Dariusz ROSATI, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee and
  • Michael GAHLER, AFET standing rapporteur on Ukraine.

Today's signature of the law exempting Ukrainians from visa requirements for travelling in the EU marks the finalisation of a long process which started already in 2008.

As of next month, Ukrainian citizens will be able to travel to the EU without visa for up to 90 days. It makes no doubt that this will be an outstanding way of developing interpersonal contacts, facilitating the development of joint projects, and building bridges among the populations of Ukraine and of the EU. It plants a seed that will hopefully grow into a tall tree with many fruits.

Fulfilling all the benchmarks of the visa liberalisation action plan has required a tremendous reform efforts from the side of the Ukrainian authorities.[...]

Statement of 6 April 2017 on a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens

AFET/Delegation Joint statement by:
  • David McALLISTER, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,
  • Mr Dariusz ROSATI, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee and
  • Mr Michael GAHLER, AFET standing rapporteur on Ukraine:
We are deeply satisfied about today's strong endorsement by the European Parliament of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens, which we have been advocating for years. This is a clear signal of EU solidarity but also the well-deserved outcome of the remarkable reform efforts made by Ukrainian authorities to fulfill all necessary criteria in areas such as border management, fight against corruption and anti-discrimination. It is crucial that these reform efforts are further taken forward, and by no means reverted. [...]

Statement of 1 March 2017 on a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens

Joint statement by:
  • David McALLISTER, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,
  • Mr Dariusz ROSATI, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee and
  • Mr Jacek SARYUSZ-WOLSKI, AFET standing rapporteur on Ukraine:
We warmly welcome the political agreement reached between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission on 28 February 2017 on the granting of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens, which has been advocated since years by the European Parliament. Following the completion of the remaining procedural steps, Ukrainian citizens will soon be able to travel to the EU without visa for up to 90 days. This agreement is
the recognition of the sustained and comprehensive reform efforts which have been carried out by Ukrainian authorities in order to fulfill all the benchmarks of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan, among others in the field of border management, fight against corruption and antidiscrimination. It is the fulfillment of a long-standing demand by Ukrainian citizens and will be an outstanding way of facilitating interpersonal contacts and cooperation. [...]

Statement of 20 December 2016 following the EU-Ukraine Association Council

AFET/Delegation Joint statement by:
  • Elmar BROK, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and
  • Tibor SZANYI and Kaja KALLAS, vice-chairs of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine PAC:

The EU-Ukraine Association Council which was held yesterday was yet another demonstration of the close cooperation between the European Union and Ukraine, of our shared values and the willingness to deepen the process of political association and economic integration. We join the appreciation expressed on this occasion, from the EU side, for the reforms undertaken in the past few months by Ukraine in crucial areas, and welcome the signature of a number of new agreements related to the EU financial support to the reform process.

We furthermore express our satisfaction with the progress recently achieved on two cornerstones of the EU's relations with Ukraine. [...]

Statement of 21 September 2016 following the 4th PAC meeting

Mr Andrej PLENKOVIĆ, Chair of the Delegation to EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee:

We had two days of intensive and productive discussions with our friends in the Verkhovna Rada, and fruitful meetings with Speaker of the Rada Parubyi, Prime Minister Groysman, Heads of the Anti-Corruption Agencies, the OSCE representatives to the Trilateral Contact Group, Heads of EU Missions, as well as the opportunity to hear first-hand testimonies from former prisoners and mothers of prisoners.

We continued our inter-parliamentary dialogue on the reforms in the context of the implementation of the Association Agreement (AA) and witnessed the persistent desire to continue on the European path. In this context, it is essential that our Parliamentary Association Committee (PAC) is provided by the EU and Ukrainian executive with regular written assessments.
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Statement of 25 May 2016 on the release of Nadiya Savchenko

AFET/Delegation Joint statement by
  • Elmar BROK, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs,
  • Andrej PLENKOVIĆ, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine PAC,
  • Tibor SZANYI and Kaja KALLAS, Co- Chairs of the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine PAC,
  • Jacek SARYUSZ-WOLSKI, AFET standing rapporteur on Ukraine:
Today we learnt with great joy the news about the release of Nadiya Savchenko who had been abducted from the Ukrainian territory and illegally detained in Russia since two years.

This release is the result of the combined relentless efforts of the Ukrainian authorities and of the international community, including the repeated appeals by the European Parliament.

We are not forgetting about the other Ukrainian citizens unduly detained in Russia and will continue exercising pressure until they are all released.

Today's release of Nadiya Savchenko sends a positive signal in the context of pursuing efforts for the peaceful re-integration of the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions and of Crimea.
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