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27 February 2015
E-003205-15
Question for written answer E-003205-15
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Petras Auštrevičius (ALDE) , Antanas Guoga (ALDE) , Svetoslav Hristov Malinov (PPE) , Urmas Paet (ALDE) , Tonino Picula (S&D) , Bronis Ropė (Verts/ALE) , Pavel Svoboda (PPE) , Tibor Szanyi (S&D) , Ivan Štefanec (PPE) , Kaja Kallas (ALDE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Appointing an EU Special Representative for Ukraine
 Answer in writing 

Ukraine is an associate member of the European Union with an intense association agenda for the years ahead. Ongoing Russian aggression has placed Ukraine in a protracted military conflict, which has escalated further in the east of the country. One region of Ukraine — Crimea — has been occupied and annexed by Russia. Military aggression has already caused more than 5 000 civilian deaths, with many more injured and over one million inhabitants displaced.

The European Union is committed to continuing to provide substantial aid to Ukraine’s efforts to address economic and structural reform, democracy-building and the various needs arising from the war conflict. For this to happen, the EU must be well coordinated, reliable and cost-effective, which can be achieved by appointing a high-level EU Special Representative for Ukraine, with the aim of supporting and strengthening the overall efforts of the HR/VP.

The EUSR’s mandate should include: facilitating efforts to reach a peaceful solution; monitoring the ongoing reforms; coordinating the overall assistance provided by the EU, etc. Such a post, if established now without delay, would also send a strong political message not only to Ukraine but also to Russia.

1. Is the HR/VP considering appointing an EUSR for Ukraine in the very near future?

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