European Central Bank annual report for 2012:
- MEPs debate
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 12/12/2013 First transmission: 12/12/2013
The outcome of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit of 29 November shows that the EU must do more to support the European aspirations of its eastern partners, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. They urge the December EU Council to send a strong political signal that the door to the EU is still open, despite Ukraine's failure to sign the association agreement.
The resolution says the EU must use all the tools it has, including aid, trade, visa waivers and energy-security projects in a “more strategic and flexible policy" to support its eastern partners choosing to strengthen their ties with Europe.
Parliament condemns the Russian pressure exerted on Ukraine, Armenia and other eastern partners to deter them from signing agreements with the EU, urging the EU and member states to respond. It calls on the Commission to consider counter-measures if Russia breaks World Trade Organization rules with politically motivated trade sanctions against the EU and its partners.
MEPs deplore the decision by Ukraine’s President Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement calling it a "major missed opportunity". They underline their continued support for it, provided the necessary conditions are met, and call on the December Council to send a strong political signal that the EU remains ready to engage with Ukraine.
They express their solidarity with the Ukrainian people demonstrating peacefully against Mr Yanukovych’s decision and condemn the "brutal and unacceptable" use of force by security forces on the nights of 9, 10 and 11 December, including during the visit by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.
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||EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg.
||Announcement of the vote and ambiance shots : 2 shots.
||Vote on the report as amended by roll-call.
||Result of the vote : carried (applauses).
||SOUNDBITE (German) Rebecca HARMS (Greens/EFA, DE) :
English translation :
"Perhaps I could just make one comment : the official delegation of the Parliament made this resolution possible, the Conference of Presidents has said that we can travel as a delegation if we have a counterpart. I would just say it will now be possible to travel on week-ends for example to go to Ukraine and to meet our counterparties from the Ukrainian Parliament. I think this is therefore a very serious issue to implementing now this mandate to travel and to actually prepare our arrangement for travel. I'd like to tell to the head of delegation that this possibility is now there. And we can perhaps deal with the Timoshenko situation in situ."
||MEP's in the hemicycle displaying European and Ukrainian flags altogether : 2 shots.