Support package to Ukraine:
- extracts from the exchange of views on the legislative proposals by the Commission EP Committee on Foreign Affairs
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 13/03/2014 First transmission: 13/03/2014
The EP AFET Committee has decided to support a fast track procedure as regards the urgent aid of 1 billion euro to be delivered to Ukraine. The clear commitment of new Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on fighting corruption and tackling structural reforms is welcomed by the Committee, who wants to clearly state the need of political commitment on accountability from the Ukrainian counterparts.
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||Ambience shots from the meeting before it starts (4 shots).
||Exterior shot of the EP, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (English) Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) Chair of the EP AFET Committee: "We have to do that one billion, they need it urgently in order to prevent a default of the country".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Ana GOMES (S&D, PT), Rapporteur: "I believe we need to frame it in a way that it entails clear commitment on the part of the Ukrainian provisional government that indeed there is going to be an accountability system".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Ana GOMES (S&D, PT), Rapporteur: "We know that much of the demands of the people in the Euromaidan was exactly fight against corruption, and if Ukraine was not at all equipped to fight corruption the day before Yanukovych fled, it's probably not better now in terms of institutions; so a clear commitment is absolutely necessary from the provisional government, I think by demanding that we will be helping and we will be indeed reinforcing those who bravely stood up for change in Ukraine".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Elmar BROK (EPP, DE) Chair of the EP AFET Committee: "I think the whole package means structural reforms and all that, fighting corruption... that is all part, a condition for the aid which we give in the future, and that was the reason why Yanukovych did not want to sign the Association Agreement, because he was not ready to fulfil these conditions. Fighting corruption, do structural reforms to become more competitive.. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk has very clearly stated that he wants to do so. He even said that he would be in one years' time politically dead, because he has to do so much reform that he will not be popular anymore after one year. So he has understood his responsibility".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Annemie NEYTS-UYTTEBROECK (ALDE, BE): "I agree that we should proceed with effectiveness or the emergency aid, because if we stall it's not going to be emergency aid and it might come too late".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Richard HOWITT (S&D, UK): "I think you are absolutely right to say let's deal with this, let's deal with it quickly and in doing so, unify it our Parliament, and let's send a very strong signal accordingly".
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