Ukrainian MPs will join MEPs in Brussels for a 3-day “Ukraine week” high-level conference on good parliamentary practice, law-making and representation on 29 February – 2 March. The 40-strong delegation from Ukraine’s Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, will include its leadership.
Last July European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (VRU), Volodymyr Groysman signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening the VRU’s constitutional role of law-making, oversight and representation.
Further to this Memorandum, former EP President Pat Cox prepared a report and a roadmap on capacity-building. It will be presented during “Ukraine Week” and will form the basis of a first round of high-level discussions in selected areas.
The conference starting on Monday afternoon (29 February), will be co-chaired by EP Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Elmar Brok, and Chair of the EP delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee Andrej Plenković. Messrs Schulz, Groysman, Cox and Commissioner Johannes Hahn (European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations) will deliver the keynote speeches.
The opening will be followed by a joint press point by Messrs Schulz and Groysman at 17:15 and a press conference by the heads of political factions of the Verkhovna Rada and Mr Plenković at 17:30 (press briefing room, PHS 00A050).
Tuesday (1 March) will be devoted to high-level debates, where six panels will address topics such as relations between the legislative and the executive, the representation role of a Parliament and the role of its secretariat.
The “Ukraine week” will end on Wednesday (2 March) with the signing of an "Administrative cooperation agreement" between the EP and VRU secretariats.
The draft agenda and speakers list are available here.