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Procedure : 2011/2714(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B7-0372/2011

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 09/06/2011 - 12.3
CRE 09/06/2011 - 12.3

Votes :

PV 09/06/2011 - 13.3

Texts adopted :

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B7-0370/2011

with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

pursuant to Rule 122 of the Rules of Procedure

on Ukraine: the cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and other members of the former government

Kristiina Ojuland, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Marielle De Sarnez, Leonidas Donskis, Marietje Schaake, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Gesine Meissner, Renate Weber, Alexandra Thein on behalf of the ALDE Group
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on Ukraine: the cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and other members of the former government  

The European Parliament,

 having regard to its previous resolutions on Ukraine,


 having regard to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the European Union and Ukraine, which entered into force on 1 March 1998, and to the ongoing negotiations on the association agreement designed to replace the PCA,


 having regard to the statement by the spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the case of Yulia Tymoshenko,


 having regard to the Progress report on implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy, 25 May 2011,


 having regard to Rule 122 of its Rules of Procedure,



A. whereas Ukraine as a democracy is bound by the rule of law and is responsible for protecting the fundamental rights of its citizens;


B. whereas corruption and abuse of power in Ukraine remains widespread and requires an unequivocal response by the authorities in bringing those responsible to justice;


C. whereas a comprehensive reform of the judiciary, respect for rule of law in criminal investigation and prosecutions, including the principle of a fair, impartial and independent legal process is yet to be established in Ukraine;


D. whereas since the reestablishment of presidential system of governance on 1 October 2010, little or no effort was made to create an open and inclusive process for further constitutional reform;


E. whereas the constitution of Ukraine provides for collective responsibility for the decisions that the Ukrainian Government undertakes;


1. Emphasises that efforts by the authorities to investigate corruption and abuse of power and bring those responsible to justice are commendable objectives that require fair, impartial and independent legal process;


2. Notes with concern the suggestions that recent cases brought against Yulia Tymoshenko and some members of her government are politically motivated;


3. Warns against a possible use of criminal law as a tool to achieve political ends;


4. Calls on the Ukrainian authorities to ensure that judicial measures are not used selectively, and investigations, prosecutions and trials are held in maximum transparency;


5. Reminds the Ukrainian authorities that the principle of collective responsibility for the decisions of the government does not allow for the persecution of individual member of the government for the decisions taken as a college;


6. Stresses that ongoing investigations of prominent Ukrainian political leaders should not preclude them from actively participating in the political life of the country, meeting voters and travelling to the international meetings;


7. Notes that the former Minister of Interior Yuriy Lutsenko remains in custody as of 26 December 2010; expresses its support to the Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Nina Karpachova who has asked Ukrainian Prosecutor General to consider the possibility of changing preventive punishment to the one that is not linked to detention;


8. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of the Member States, the President, Government and Parliament of Ukraine and the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council Europe and the OSCE.


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