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“Ukraine week” at European Parliament ends, new era of cooperation begins

March 3, 2016

The high-level conference between the European Parliament (EP) and Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament of Ukraine) opened a new era of cooperation between the two legislatures, said lead Member of European Parliament on capacity-building for the Ukrainian Parliament, Andrej Plenković at the closing ceremony of the “Ukraine week”. "We agreed to jointly implement the recommendations of the report of the Needs Assessment Mission and allocate adequate funds for the organisation of the follow up with our Ukrainian partners", he added.
The three day event was hosted by the EP in Brussels between 29 February and 2 March 2016. It 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 EP’s press service.
Reforms "will only work if people embrace them from within", said former European Parliament President Pat Cox, declaring his readiness to assist further during the implementation phase.
"We have opened up to Europe not only our doors, but also our hearts. We hope to work as a team and to conduct the necessary changes in order to make Ukrainian institutions strong, professional and able to take the needed decisions", stressed Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groysman.
The EP’s press service reports that during the closing of the “Ukraine week”, the two parliaments signed an "Administrative cooperation agreement", the first such agreement struck between the European Parliament and an external legislature.
The EP press service has published video reports in English that can be accessed at the following links:
EP video report on “Ukraine week”
EP video report – interview with Volodymyr Groysman, Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament

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Press release
Summary of the “Ukraine week” at the European parliament
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre - Ukraine
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre news on “Ukraine week”
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