2011/2132(INI)

Recommendations to the Council, the Commission and the EEAS on the negotiations on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

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2011/2132(INI) Recommendations to the Council, the Commission and the EEAS on the negotiations on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead AFET LEGUTKO Ryszard Antoni (ECR)
Opinion INTA ZALEWSKI Paweł (EPP)
Lead committee dossier: AFET/7/06333
Legal Basis RoP 090
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  • 2011/12/01 Text adopted by Parliament, single reading
    • T7-0545/2011 summary
    • Results of vote in Parliament
  • 2011/11/22 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2011/11/22 Committee report tabled for plenary, single reading
  • 2011/11/17 Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
  • #3117
  • 2011/10/10 Council Meeting
  • 2011/09/21 Deadline Amendments
  • 2011/07/18 Committee draft report
  • 2011/07/07 Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
  • 2011/06/17 EP officialisation

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AmendmentsDossier
201 2011/2132(INI) Recommendations to the Council, the Commission and the EEAS on the negotiations on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
2011/07/11 AFET 23 amendments...
source: PE-474.073
2011/09/23 AFET 141 amendments...
source: PE-472.290
2011/09/26 INTA 37 amendments...
source: PE-472.335

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    • The Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the
      own-initiative report by Ryszard Antoni LEGUTKO (ECR, PL)
      containing the European Parliament’s recommendations to the
      Council, the Commission and the EEAS on the negotiations of the
      EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which heralds a new generation of
      association agreements under Article 217 TFEU and involves an
      unprecedented level of integration between the EU and a third
      country. The report states that the current political situation in
      Ukraine, especially in the field of civil liberties and the rule of
      law, is at odds with the spirit of the EU-Ukraine Association
      Agreement under negotiation. It notes that the sentencing on 11
      October 2011 of Ukraine’s former Prime Minister, Yulia
      Tymoshenko, to seven years in prison and the trials of other
      ministers have raised serious concerns in the EU and are widely
      seen as either acts of revenge or as part of an attempt to convict
      and imprison opposition members in order to prevent them from
      standing and campaigning in next year’s parliamentary
      elections or in the 2015 presidential election.
      Accordingly, it addresses certain recommendations to
      the Council, the Commission and the EEAS, the main ones being as
      follows:

      to make the necessary progress in order to achieve the
      rapid initialling of an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement,
      preferably by the end of 2011 if possible; to ensure at the
      same time, in line with the demands made in Parliament’s
      resolution of 27 October 2011, that this important initiative
      within the Eastern Partnership goes hand in hand with commitments
      by Ukraine to implement the necessary reforms and strengthen
      democratic values, human rights and the rule of law;
      to reschedule the recently postponed meeting with
      President Yanukovych ahead of the EU-Ukraine Summit in December
      2011 and to strive to have the agreement signed by the Council
      during the first half of 2012, and to make all documents pertaining
      to the ratification process available to the European Parliament
      and to national parliaments by the end of 2012 at the
      latest.

      Institutional aspects:
      Members recommend:

      developing clear safeguard measures and a possible
      mechanism for the temporary suspension of the whole Association
      Agreement in the event that essential and fundamental principles
      thereof are ignored or deliberately violated;
      urging the President and the Government of Ukraine to
      bring the political, legal and administrative situation in the
      country into line with what was agreed in the Association Agenda,
      and to ensure that Yulia Tymoshenko and other opposition leaders
      are allowed to exercise their right to participate fully in the
      political process, both as of now and in the forthcoming
      elections in Ukraine;
      assisting Ukraine in the process of achieving a
      comprehensive reform of the judiciary in line with EU
      standards, so as to prevent the selective use of justice and
      ensuring that legal proceedings cannot be used for political
      purposes and are conducted in strict accordance with the rule of
      law;
      assisting the Ukrainian authorities in the process of
      reforming the country’s constitution and electoral law along
      the lines proposed by the Venice Commission and the
      OSCE/ODIHR;
      including in the Association Agreement a comprehensive
      mechanism between Parliament and the EEAS, so as to allow for the
      regular provision of comprehensive information on the progress made
      in implementing the agreement, and in particular in achieving its
      objectives; this mechanism should contain the following elements:
      (i) information on the action taken and positions adopted by
      the EU with regard to the implementation of the agreement; (ii)
      EEAS progress reports setting out the results of the action taken
      by the EU and Ukraine, highlighting the situation of human rights,
      democracy and the rule of law in the country;
      including standard conditionality clauses on the
      protection of human rights which reflect the highest international
      and EU standards, taking full advantage of the OSCE framework, and
      to encourage the Ukrainian authorities to promote the rights of
      persons belonging to national minorities.

      Economic and sectoral cooperation: Members recommend, as part of the agreement,
      strengthening cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in the
      energy field; and striving for the conclusion of further
      agreements between the EU and Ukraine aimed at securing energy
      supplies for both sides, including a reliable and diversified
      transit system for oil and gas and a common response mechanism in
      the event of disturbances or interruptions to oil and gas
      deliveries from the Russian Federation. However, the committee
      notes that although the liberalisation of services and investment
      in the energy sector would be beneficial to the EU, taking on
      commitments in respect of particular energy services may involve
      some risks, since strong energy players controlling Ukrainian
      companies could use the free trade agreement to dominate
      transmission networks in the EU. They call for action to improve EU
      and Ukrainian energy security through the introduction of
      bilateral mechanisms to provide early warnings and prevent
      interruptions to the supply of energy and the related raw
      materials. They also want to ensure that the Association Agreement
      reflects the highest environmental standards, bearing in mind inter
      alia the Strategy for the Danube Region. The report recommends also
      giving further consideration to the importance of regional
      cooperation in the Black Sea region and of Ukraine’s active
      participation in EU policies for this area, including as part of a
      future EU strategy for the Black Sea.
      Trade issues: Members
      want to recognise the substantial efforts made by the Ukrainian
      Government in terms of reducing barriers overall and adapting
      geographical indications, and in relation to sanitary and
      phytosanitary measures, competition and technical barriers to
      trade. They make a range of recommendations on tariffs, sustainable
      development, animal welfare, the modernisation of infrastructures,
      notably in the energy and transport sectors; to help the business
      sector, and a fundamental improvement in the investment climate for
      foreign investors in Ukraine. Members also ask for a decision to be
      taken authorising provisional application of the regulations of the
      free trade agreement, which is a fundamental part of the
      Association Agreement, before it enters into force.
      Justice, freedom
      and security: the committee
      recommends working actively towards the establishment of a
      visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU rather than
      maintaining a long-term perspective, provided that Ukraine fulfils
      the necessary technical criteria set out in the Action Plan on Visa
      Liberalisation. It also wants to introduce appropriate measures
      during the European Football Championship with a view to using this
      special occasion as a trial period for a visa-free regime. As a
      matter of urgency, Members request that the Association Agreement
      include provisions to counteract fraud and the smuggling of
      excisable products in accordance with the EU’s Internal
      Security Strategy and taking into account the anti-illicit trade
      protocol to the World Health Organisation’s Framework
      Convention on Tobacco Control.
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