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European Parliament Says Ukraine Can Hold Early Elections

December 13 2013, 12:03

© AFP 2013/ Vasily Maximov 23:11 12/12/2013 Originally posted at 22:00  Tags: elections, European Parliament, EU, Stefan Fule, Mykola Azarov, Viktor Yanukovych, Kiev, Ukraine Related News Ukrainian Opposition Rejects Talks With Government Police Action Hinders Political Dialogue in Ukraine – EU Ukraine to Sign EU Deal When Economy Is Ready – President Boxing Champ Vitali Klitschko to Run for President of Ukraine Ukrainian Protesters Blockade President’s Administration Multimedia Removing Protesters’ Barricades in Kiev Protest in Kiev: Parliament and Tent Camps Riot Police Descend on Kiev Protests MOSCOW, December 12 (RIA Novosti) – The European Parliament said Thursday that Ukraine was able to hold early elections to find a way out of the country’s current political crisis. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, parliament members pointed to “the democratic possibility in any democracy to call new elections when renewed popular legitimacy is needed,” the legislature said in a statement. It did not specify what elections it meant – presidential or parliamentary. The regular presidential election in Ukraine is scheduled for 2015, while parliamentary ones are set for 2017. The European lawmakers deplored Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to suspend an association agreement with the EU, saying it was a “major missed opportunity.” Ukraine unexpectedly put on hold preparations last month to sign landmark political and trade deals with the EU in favor of strengthening ties with Moscow. Kiev said that European integration would have caused the country financial losses at this point in time. The decision sparked protests throughout the country. The Ukrainian opposition and EU have accused Russia of putting economic pressure on Kiev not to sign the deals. Moscow has vehemently denied that its trade embargoes and gas deliveries were a form of intimidation against Ukraine, saying Russia was only taking measures to protect its own economy. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Kiev would like to change the implementation terms of association and free-trade agreements with the EU. Azarov told domestic agribusiness representatives Thursday that association agreement implementation for Ukrainian agricultural manufacturers would, in particular, mean quotas for sugar exports. The premier said a similar measure in Hungary led “to the complete destruction of sugar factories.” He urged European partners to change the terms of the deal’s implementation to make them beneficial for Ukraine, the government said in a statement. A diplomatic source in Brussels told RIA Novosti on Thursday that EU officials hoped the association agreement with Ukraine would be signed at a bilateral summit that could be held in spring next year. The EU’s commissioner for enlargement and European neighborhood policy, Stefan Fule, said Thursday that he had agreed with Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Serhiy Arbuzov, to draft a roadmap for implementation of an association agreement. Updated with comments by EU officials.     MenTalks.ru  Miss Universe Full of Glitter at Semi-Finals  Sochi Stadium a `Disaster`, Only 4 Months Left  Muscovite Builds Record-Breaking Jesus Statue in Syria  Golden Eagle Snatching Deer Caught on Camera    Imaginative Makeup Art by Tal Peleg  Crazy on Twitter Again  People Who Conquered Death  5 Monsters Found on Earth Leave a comment Registration Password recovery | Login  Password    Remember me! Mikhail1228Can we have another vote in US? 22:32, 12/12/2013 Maybe we can do the same in the US to vote out Obama and Obamacare!!! Reply Arthur Clark(no title) 03:25, 13/12/2013 “the democratic possibility in any democracy to call new elections when renewed popular legitimacy is needed,”   Shows how corrupt the EU is becoming, and how power hungry, concerning corruption in the EU.  One in four EU countries has major problems with corruption. This undermines government confidence and it also threatens the weak economic recovery. But it’s not only a problem in member states. The EU institutions also face corruption and lack of transparency, which is a growing concern considering that more power is being transferred to Brussels in order to fight the economic crisis.  Earlier this week Transparency International (TI) presented its annual corruption index. It showed that corruption is still widespread in the EU, where seven out of 28 countries were said to have serious problems with corruption.  Overall TI concludes that little progress has been made the last ten years when it comes to fighting corruption in Europe. And it is not only a problem in certain EU member states, but also a matter of concern within the actual EU institutions. lack of progress in fighting corruption in the EU institutions is of special concern today as more and more power is being transferred from member states to Brussels.  http://euranetplus-inside.eu/serious-problems-with-corruption-in-the-eu/ Reply pushkinlovDoors of Hell 00:35, 13/12/2013 I just cannot believe how a country (Ukraine) is willing to accept blatant interference in political internal affairs from external powers. Either the Ukrainian elites are so corrupted and have too many skeletons in foreign (western) banks, or they are trying to find a way to survive their own mistakes. They want so much to look, feel and be called Protests in Kiev, Dec.12, 2013The European Parliament said Thursday that Ukraine was able to hold early elections to find a way out of the country’s current political crisis, ria.ru reports.

In a resolution adopted on Thursday, parliament members pointed to “the democratic possibility in any democracy to call new elections when renewed popular legitimacy is needed,” the legislature said in a statement.

It did not specify what elections it meant – presidential or parliamentary. The regular presidential election in Ukraine is scheduled for 2015, while parliamentary ones are set for 2017.

The European lawmakers deplored Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to suspend an association agreement with the EU, saying it was a “major missed opportunity.”

Ukraine unexpectedly put on hold preparations last month to sign landmark political and trade deals with the EU in favor of strengthening ties with Moscow.

Kiev said that European integration would have caused the country financial losses at this point in time. The decision sparked protests throughout the country.

The Ukrainian opposition and EU have accused Russia of putting economic pressure on Kiev not to sign the deals.

Moscow has vehemently denied that its trade embargoes and gas deliveries were a form of intimidation against Ukraine, saying Russia was only taking measures to protect its own economy.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said Kiev would like to change the implementation terms of association and free-trade agreements with the EU.

Azarov told domestic agribusiness representatives Thursday that association agreement implementation for Ukrainian agricultural manufacturers would, in particular, mean quotas for sugar exports.

The premier said a similar measure in Hungary led “to the complete destruction of sugar factories.”

He urged European partners to change the terms of the deal’s implementation to make them beneficial for Ukraine, the government said in a statement.

A diplomatic source in Brussels told RIA Novosti on Thursday that EU officials hoped the association agreement with Ukraine would be signed at a bilateral summit that could be held in spring next year.

The EU’s commissioner for enlargement and European neighborhood policy, Stefan Fule, said Thursday that he had agreed with Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, Serhiy Arbuzov, to draft a roadmap for implementation of an association agreement.

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