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European Parliament: Cooperation with Ukraine is essential

March 2, 2016

"Cooperation with Ukraine is essential and our solidarity should not be questioned", said European Parliament President Martin Schulz at the opening of "Ukraine week", which is taking place between 29 February and 2 March 2016 at the European Parliament in Brussels. This three day high-level conference brought together Members of European Parliament, national MPs from EU Member States and Ukrainian MPs to share experience on good parliamentary practice, law-making and representation, reports the European Parliament’s press service.
The event "demonstrates strong solidarity between the European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine", said President Schulz. "You need our support and you will receive it. However recommendations to reform the VRU* should not be put into the filing cabinet, but implemented", he added.
"Ukraine needs strong institutions and we are ready to start reforms to strengthen democracy in Ukraine. [..] The drawbacks, such as ethics or political culture, will not hinder it", said Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, Verkhovna Rada, Volodymyr Groysman.
As reported by the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre,  in July last year the European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, Volodymyr Groysman, signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening the Ukrainian Parliament's constitutional role of law-making, oversight and representation. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
* VRU - Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine
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List of participants from the Ukrainian Parliament
European Parliament – web-site
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre - Ukraine
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