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EUParliament's Ukraine Delegation Head, Rosati to EF on most Needed Reforms at Kiev before Elections

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- Speaking to "Eurofora" after concluding an Important Meeting between EU and Ukranian sides in EU Parliament this Morning in Strasbourg, the President of EU Delegation, Dariusz Rosati, mainstream ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP from Poland, stressed mainly that "Support" to Ukraine's "Security" and "Reforms" Toped the Discussions, with the Fight against "Corruption" remaining as a "Starting" point, but also the General "De-Centralisation", despite an Initial "Success", still "Needing" to be properly Implemented in real practice (See Infra).

 

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Topically, this 2 Days-Long EU-Ukraine Association Committee's Meetings, which Extended from Yesterday, Wednesday Afternoon, until Today, i.e. Thursday Morning and Noon, (18-19 April 2018), took place Shortly Before the Forthcoming, Next Presidential Elections in Ukraine, scheduled at the latest on 2019.

 

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- Meanwhile, the Next EU-Ukraine Association Committee Meetings are due to take place "Probably in Kiev", EU Chairman Rosati announced Today.


- Questioned by "Eurofora" about "the Main Points", Now, of the Present Meeting, here in Strasbourg, he started by saying that EU expressed its "Support to Ukraine", from 2, parallel, Points of View :

 - I.e., "Support for Ukraine's Security and Territorial Integrity, that's one thing", he reiterated.


 - "And then, secondly, Support for the Process of Reforms", he added.


- Indeed, these Reforms are a Key point, "which, under the Association Agreement, was a Condition for Ukraine to come Closer to Europe", Dariusz Rosati clearly reminded, as a matter of Fact.


 - In this regard, "there is a Number of them" (Key Reforms).


 - Asked by "Eurofora" to Selectively point at "the Most Important, among them", Dariusz Rosati immediately Replied, by pointed, from the outset, at : - "Anti-Corruption I'd say, if I were to Start".


+ "Then, Privatisation, Electoral Law Reform, the Judiciary System", etc, he went on to selectively Add, apparently by approximative order of Priorities.


++ "And (general) DeCentralisation", he pointed out Afterwards. "Which has been a Success, But Needs to be Continued", as he stressed.


He Obviously refered to the General DeCentralisation Process, mainly of Administrative nature, and Not at all to the "Hot" Political Issue of a Deal on a Special Status of Regional Autonomy for the Dissident Eastern Regions of Donetsk-Luhansk, which Notoriously is a Key-Part of the Minsk Peace Agreements between Ukranian, Russian, German and French Leaders since February 2015 (See all the Original, Full Texts, published then by "Eurofora" at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/fulltextsofallukraineagreements.html, etc), and even of President Poroshenko's initial Proposals' Highlights, (Together with priority Cease-Fire, but also Elections and Border Issues, subsequently), as they had been Briefly Resumed in his 1st Official Visit Abroad, at CoE's Paneuropean Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg, already as early as since June 2014, (Comp. f.ex. relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReports from that event at: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coevenicecommissiononukranianpresidentreforms.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeandpoliticaldialogueinukraine.html , etc).


Indeed, as "Eurofora" witnessed earlier Today Morning in that EU Parliament's EU-Ukraine Association Committee's conclusion, various Practical Issues around the actual "Implementation" of those, still on the process, General DeCentralisation Reforms, were Widely and Actively Discussed among various Participants, on several concrete points.


Other Discussions among MEPs included the Electoral Law, as well as several Ukranian MEPs apparent Desire for a "Stronger Wording" in the traditional Joint Declaration's draft paper.


- Their desire probably concerned the "Number 1 Priority" for them : I.e. "to put and End to the War", still going-on "Less than 2.000 kms from Brussels", as an Experienced, Top Ukranian Diplomat from Kiev's Government, told "Eurofora", shortly afterwards.

However, he said that in EU Parliament's Building in Strasbourg, which is Located, Comparatively, even much More Closer to Ukraine...

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+ By a Surprizing Coincidence, Later-on this Same Day, USA's mainstream, Wash.DC. HeadQuartered Newspaper "Washington Times", just Published a fresh Article on Ukraine, Focusing, precisely, on the above-mentioned, Forthcoming Presidential Elections (Comp. Supra), where it makes a Strong Criticism mainly of the alleged "Corruption", still Tolerated, if not so much by President Poroshenko's Government, at least much more by a Wider "System" of "Oligarchs", (as various Ukranian a.o. People used to call their Establishment, already since Many Years Ago, as "Eurofora" had witnessed).

- So that, "Now Leading opinion Polls is a familiar face", according to Today's "Washington Times" : I.e. "former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko".  


Tymoshenko has Notoriously served also in Prison, at a recent Past, during Yanukovich former regime, but had also brokered, before that, a Gas-Deal between Ukraine and Russia, with President Vladimir Putin, and strongly Backed, Afterwards, controversial MP Nadiya Savchenko, who, after being Liberated by Russia from Prosecution Accusing her to have Helped Target and Kill Russian Journalists reporting on the Ukranian Conflict on the spot, and becoming later even a CoE Assembly's MEP in Strasbourg, she was, Recently, Banished from the current Kiev's Authorities reportedly for having Dared go Meet and Speak with pro-Autonomy Regions of Donetsk-Luhansk, seeking a Pan-Ukranian Dialogue, so that she was also Striped from her National Credentials to the CoE, ousted also from her former Party of YT (but Not yet Deprived from her MP Seat), and, Nowadays Accused and Jailed for alleged Violent "Coup" Attempt including "Terrorist" "Bombs" against the Parliament, etc., just a few Days after having, Initially Herself, Accused a Group of Politicians to have Staged and Covered-up the non-elucidated yet Deadly "Snipers" Killings, of Both Policemen and Demonstrators, which had notoriously Triggered the Bloody Clashes in Kiev on February 2014, Droping a written Peace-Agreement Compromise between the Government and the Opposition, signed under the auspices of EU Foreign Ministers from Germany, France and Poland, kick-Starting the Brutal Ukranian Conflict that Divided the European Continent.


Earlier, "Eurofora" had covered Yulia Tymoshenko's Daughter's and Lawyer's (nowadays CoE Assembly MEP) efforts, at the ECHR, to Protect and Free her from Jail on 2012 and 2013, (See, f.ex., among others, also : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/echrandeumovesontymoshenko.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/echrspokesmanandtymoshenkolawyezr.html , etc), as we had covered also former Ukranian President Yushchenko's EU Meetings, f.ex. since 2008 at Elysée Palace in Paris, and/or at the CoE in Strasbourg, (Comp.: in http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/irish/beneeuropehumanrights.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ukraine.html , etc), but also his successor, President Yanukovitch official Visit to CoE's Assembly here on 2010 (See, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ukraineyanukovych.html+ http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/conservativesukraine.html , etc), and, naturaly, the incubent President Poroshenko, already from his 1st Visit to the CoE in Strasbourg on 6/2014 (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coevenicecommissiononukranianpresidentreforms.html + http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/coeandpoliticaldialogueinukraine.html)  up to the latest, on 10/2017 (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/porosenkoukrainecypruscomparison.html, etc).

More Recently, "Eurofora" had, naively but substantially, Suggested to Yulia Tymoshenko, after meeting her anew at the CoE in Strasbourg on 9/2014, that, considering what she had offered, experienced and suffered, she might legitimately use the Flag of Human Rights in order to Try to re-Unite Together all People of Ukraine, both from the pro-Kiev National Government's side, and from the pro-Autonomy Dissident Regions of Donetsk/Luhansk, who have All Suffered from Sly Attempts to Provoke Deadly Conflict, (with Many Civilian Victims), and Divide a formerly Peaceful Country, but even all Europe. Something that, apparently, she did not exclude at all to consider, in one way or another, for the foreseeable Future, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/juliatimoshenkoforhumanrightsbridge.html , etc).

However, the above-mentioned "Washington Times"' Article published Today on Ukraine, prefers better to Back anOther Presidential Candidate for 2019 : Valeri Babych, an MP and Businessman, who has just declared recently his 2nd Candidacy for the Top Job, reportedly running on a Program referring to Morality, Human Capital and Health Care, as well as SME's Business, etc.


But, Nowaday, the Road to those forthcoming 2019 Presidential Elections in Ukraine, still seems somewhat ... Long, Bumpy, and UnPredictable.

 

 

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Former "Green-Red" German government's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's job at the controversial Turkish pipeline "Nabucco" was denounced as "not proper", "very bad", and "incompatible with Democracy", by the new President of EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group, German Lothar Bisky, replying to an "EuroFora" question.

For once, criticism of Joschka Fischer's doings with Turkey affecting Europe, didn't come only from the Center-Right of the political spectrum, but even from his Left side : The experienced Bisky, who has been chairing all over 1993-2009 the PDS - Die Linke party :  

- "Former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer got involved in dealings with oil-gaz business in a foreign country, Turkey, and its controversial Nabucco pipeline. This raises questions about Democracy, also because of the well known problems of Human Rights violations in that country. Do you thing that this might be abused in order to cover up and close EU's eyes on Human Rights violations ?", "EuroFora" asked Bisky.

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- "Nabucco pipeline is (only) at the planning stage". And "there are some difficulties",  he observed from the start. But "'I don't want to get into the details of Nabucco pipeline, because I don't think that there is any point for it at the moment".
 
At any case,  "we  (EU Parliament's EuroLeft Group) strongly believe that Politicians should not get involved in the Energy Business, and all these commercial transactions", President Bisky declared on the Joschka Fiischer's affair.

- "We feel that it's something that shouldn't be done. It's not proper !"           

- "We don't think that it's compatible with Democracy either, and it gets politics into a very Bad track", Bisky went on to denounce.
                                                                                                                                                                        
- "EuroLeft  and "Die Linke" always spoke against that, saying that politicians should not get directly into the arms of private enterprises"

- "It is pretty bad if a former Minister takes a job f.ex. in a major Energy producer. So, it's an issue if a Minister who may have seen excellent opportunities, subsequently gets personally grasp of them, in very serious parts of the economy, once he has given up his (Government) job."

- "It doesn't really make politics in general look any better'", Bisky concluded.

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Earlier, this week in Strasbourg, other Journalists had also raised critical questions on former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer's involvement in the conroversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline to the President of his own EuroParty : Kohn-Bendit of the "Greens", who, contrary to Bisky, tried to find excuses for Fischer, while criticizing his long-time partner, Schroeder for having done a similar move :

- "Shroeder was chancellor", and he "negociated" with "Russians", who gave him a job only "3 Months" after he resigned from the Government. While "Joschka Fischer", on the contrary, got a job with the controversial Turkish Nabucco pipeline only "4 Years after" he left the Government. "He didn't negociate Nabucco", so I have "no objection", Kohn Bendit claimed.

But, many Facts indicate the contrary :

Joschka Fischer was Foreign Minister in Germany from 1999 up to 2005 : I.e. from the year that EU took the controversial decision to give Turkey a "Candidate" status, until he year it started controversial "accession negotiations, (later declared "open-ended" after Sarkozy-Merkel's arrival from 2005-2007).

During that period was prepared the controversial so-called "Annan" Plan (in fact, drafted by others and attributed afterwards to the former UN SG) on Cyprus, which failed after a Popular Referendum said "No" on 2004 with a large Majoriy of 3/4 : 75%. Mainly because it was criticized for making too much concessions to the Turkish side :  Particularly by restricting Greek Cypriot Refugees' Human Right to return to their ancestral Land and/or get restitution of their Familiy Homes and private properties, usurpated by Ankara's Army since the 1974 militay invasion and continuing occupation of the northern part of Cyprus. And by weakening the Central Government, leaving to 2 "constituent States" so much powers and separate interests that more conflicts appeared inevitable, provoking the danger of a break-down in the foreseable future, with more crisis, troubles, perhaps bloodshed, etc., instead of creating an harmoniously integrated, really one federal State.

The controversial Plan was finalized on March-April 2004 at Burgenstock (Switzerland), curiously in the presence of an Envoy by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, then governed by Joschka Fischer, but in the absence of a French and not even an European Union's Envoy, contrary to what was usually practiced on similar occasions in Switzerland (fex. in 1997 at Montreux, in 2000 at Geneva, etc).

Turkey notoriously exploited the failure of the "Annan" Plan in order to convince the EU to decide to start accession Negotiations on December 2004. This provoked an unprecedented series of Institutional Crisis inside the EU, shortly afterwards, when French and Dutch People rejected, 2 popular EuroReferenda by a majority "'No" vote to the EU Constitutional Treaty on 2005, aggraveted in 2004 a Majority Abstention to EU Elections, etc., followed by the recent Irish "No", etc.

"Nabucco" Gas pipeline was notoriously planned since ..2002. It follows an even earlier idea, for an Oil pipeline Baku-Ceyhun, which started to be prepared on 1999-2001 and was meanwhile recently completed.  

So, facts indicate that what is now at stake is based on decisions made during Joschka Fischer's term as former Foreign Minister, closely interested in Turkey's controversial EU-bid.

To the point that he now practically ...switched jobs with a poliician from Turkey, (the State which pays today openly Joschka Fischer), Mr. Ozdemir, who came earlier in Germany, got fast the nationality, and became EiuroMP in a few years, continuing now as head of the "Greens" in Germany, i.e. in Joschka's former job !...

Such astonishing facts risk, unfotunately, to give to German politician Lothar Bisky's criticism of  representative Democracy a topical meaning :

 - "We (EuroLeft Group) think that what is really at stake is Democracy. It's not only about Gas Pipelines or Energy sources", President Lothar Bisky went on to add in his reply to "EuroFora"'s question on Joscka Fischer's personal interests in the controversial Turkish "Nabuco" pipeline.

Such facts, "make People get more distance from Politics. ...People had had enough, and they are fed up !".

- "That's why we (EuroParliament's "EuroLeft" Group) want to strengthen Direct Democracy in Europe. Citizens should be involved in the (EU) Decision-making. In the end of the day, it's not going to help anyone if Politicians are always taking decisions, without involving Citizens. We want to give a voice to the People of Europe. They've got to have their say in the decisions that are taken. That's one of our absolutely fixed and steadfast views. We want more Direct Democracy in Europe. That's how it can become more effective and stronger", he concluded.

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