Wednesday, June 22 2016 22:15 EEST
Mykola Tochytskyi: 'All branches of Ukrainian power - the President, the Parliament and the new Government are united around European agenda'
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Last week in the European parliament Mr Lutsenko and Minister of Justice Petrenko presented the plans of further reforms in prosecution and judiciary system.

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'Amendments to the Constitution in the judiciary part have been adopted. It paves a way to further deepening of transparency, accountability and independence of the rule of law in Ukraine.

Ukraine remains committed to full implementation of the Minsk arrangements and keeps fulfilling its obligations. Contrary, Russia is obstructing to fulfill its Minsk obligations.

Security situation in the Donbas remains extremely difficult. Joint Russian-militant forces continue shelling our positions and the death-toll of Ukrainian soldiers is increasing daily. Russia keeps delivering heavy weapons and troops as well as fuel for military equipment to Donbas. The militants continue restricting SMM access to many areas under their control, including the border.

- The EU sanctions against Russia are the only practical weapon available to us in responding to the challenge of Kremlin. That is why sanctions must remain in place until Russia fully implements the undertaken Minsk commitments and Ukraine restores its sovereignty over the Donbas and the Crimea.

We expect that EU Member States will demonstrate consensus and roll-over the economic sanction against Russia by the European Council meeting on 28-29 June.

- The European Parliament was always very supportive on the issue of the visa liberalization for Ukraine and expressed this support in numerous resolutions of the EP, adopted in the course of the latest years.
That’s why today when we are approaching the final decision we expect that the EP will transform this support into practice by finalisation of all internal procedures as soon as possible, thus enabling the visa-free regime to Ukrainian citizens without any additional commitments, preconditions or delays. This approach will maintain the credibility of the EU in general and the visa liberalization dialogue as an important tool for reforms.

Ukraine and Georgia have finalized their homework and implemented all requirements, often painful and expensive ones, as foreseen by the Visa liberalization action plan. There are no legal or political arguments which should delay the decision of the European Parliament and the Council.
We are fully aware about the current migration crisis faced by the EU and the intention to have additional safeguards at hand. But these have to be parallel processes, not linked directly to the adoption of decisions to lift visas with Ukraine which doesn’t present any migration risk to the EU'

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