Jerzy Buzek: door to EU is half-open and Ukrainian government holds keys

10:14, 15 November 2013
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Former European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek remains hopeful that the Ukrainian government will implement the recommendations of the EU, including putting an end to selective justice, thus paving the way for signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The situation in Ukraine is critical. But despite everything I remain optimistic, I want to be optimistic. The door for signing the Association Agreement in the Vilnius Summit is half-open. President Viktor Yanukovych and the Ukrainian Parliament hold the keys," Jerzy Buzek posted on Facebook.

The former EP president is counting on the "good will" of the Ukrainian government. "As a Pole and European I see Ukraine's future in the European Union. The road is difficult and thorny; but the result is rewarding. I hope the conditions will be met, I hope the Agreement will be signed; I hope the Ukrainian citizens will benefit from that in the near future," he said.

Yesterday the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament - the governing body of the European Parliament that consists of the President of Parliament and the chairmen of the political groups – extended the mandate of the Ukraine monitoring mission of former EP President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski until the summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.

After the Ukrainian government rejected the request by the EP mission to pardon Yulia Tymoshenko, on October 31 Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski urged all parliamentary forces to consolidate their efforts and pass a law that would resolve the situation involving Yulia Tymoshenko.

The Eastern Partnership summit where the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement may be signed will be held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on November 28-29.

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