Situation in Ukraine:
- extracts from the debate
EPRef95263 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session, Hemicycle //
Première transmission: 10/12/2013
European Parliament, Strasbourg
Fin de production: 10/12/2013
The Ukraine’s decision not to sign an EU association agreement at the Vilnius summit is debated with Commissioner Štefan Füle.
A resolution will be voted.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stefan FULE, European Commission," The massive for European integration, for reform and modernisation that has been shown by Ukrainian citizens over the recent weeks suggest that a large part of the population has made up its mind about where Ukraine should go and that Ukrainians are committed to defend their choice by peaceful exercising their civil rights, their freedom of association and freedom of expression."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stefan FULE, European Commission," In our partnership we respect and defend the rights and freedoms of each individual and we must defend the right of every nation to make its own choices. The people of Ukraine , its independence and sovereignty should not become victims of geopolitical games or secret agreements."
SOUNDBITE (English) Stefan FULE, European Commission," I call upon the authorities to release all those peaceful demonstrators who remain in custody."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stefan FULE, European Commission," We are also willing to use our dialogue with Russia to clarify that the agreement with Ukraine will not harm Russia economic interest, however the agreement itself is a bilateral issue between the EU and Ukraine. As President Barroso stated in Vilnius,:" Time of limited sovereignty are over in Europe."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stefan FULE, European Commission," Let there be no doubt that respect for our common values will remain at the centre of our partnership ; an independent judiciary, tackling corruption, an effective accountable public administration, will be essential to ensure agreements serve those for whom they have been negotiated, namely, citizens."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) José Ignacio SALAFRANCA SÁNCHEZ-NEYRA, (EPP,SP)," Mister Commissioner I think at this point the EP has to support Mrs Ashton's mission on the basis of avoiding any violence to get out of the crisis, support fundamental rights, the right of association, the freedom of expression, to identify those people guilty of violence and bring them to justice and most important, Mr. president, establish a peaceful path to let the Ukrainians express themselves and to let the citizens of Ukraine and not others decide their faith."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Libor ROUCEK (S&D, CZ)," What we have to do now is to look how we can help Moldovans, Georgians, Ukrainians and other in concrete way. For instance how to speed up projects connecting Europe, with those countries in terms of energy, so there is energy security. That these countries are not left to the mercy of their big Eastern neighbour. Visa facilitation, visa free regime that is another aspect we should be looking at."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Graham WATSON, (ALDE, UK),"If we want the association agreement to work we must be more constructive, more flexible, more issue focused. We must speak more openly about the elephant in the room , the Russian Federation and we should look as I hope the EC and the EEAS will at sending a fully fledged mission to Kiev to negotiate a way forward to secure that country's European future."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Rebecca HARMS (Greens/EFA, DE)," SO far I can not believe that the politicians of Ukraine, with whom I have been seating at a negotiating table recently, members of Parliament, Foreign Minister who has been trying to conduct a very serious policy that they would be in a position where there are special units being brought in against these peaceful thousands, millions of Ukrainians who are there to defend freedom , democracy and their country, Ladies and gentlemen , for the EU it is a situation that we must be there for this new opposition , they are not rooted in the period after the Soviet Union."