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Parliamentary questions
27 February 2014
E-002343-14
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Roberta Angelilli (PPE)

 Subject:  Economic and political crisis in Ukraine: the EU's response
 Answer(s) 

A crisis broke out in Ukraine on 24 November 2013 after President Yanukovych decided against signing an association agreement with the EU at the Vilnius summit of 28 to 29 November. This sparked protests from thousands of Ukrainians, and, according to press reports, more than 100 people were killed and 500 injured.

It is important to stress that, at its meeting of 20 February 2014, the Foreign Affairs Council condemned the violence in Ukraine in the strongest possible terms and that, if an association agreement (AA) or a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement (DCFTA) is to be signed, the new Ukrainian Government must show that it has satisfied the conditions laid down in December 2012 and demonstrate a real commitment to signing and implementing the agreement.

Accordingly, can the Commission say:
1. How it intends to help Ukraine to make institutional reforms and ensure that free and fair elections may be held?
2. Whether it intends to check that the conditions laid down in 2012 have been met before an AA/DCFTA is put up for signing by the new Ukrainian Government?
3. What approach it will take towards relations with Russia in the light of the events in Ukraine?
4. What effect failure on the part of Ukraine to sign an association agreement will have on the EU?
Original language of question: ITOJ C 320, 17/09/2014
Last updated: 12 March 2014Legal notice