Photos: British Ukrainian Society (c) 2012

Round table to discuss Parliamentary elections in Ukraine

06 November 2012

British Ukrainian Society in cooperation with the Aston Centre for Europe with support from the Ukrainian Embassy in the UK organised a round table discussion on “Europe and 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine.”

The round table took place at the Houses of Parliament and focused on discussing results of recent elections in Ukraine and their potential to impact EU Ukraine relations.

The round table participants included Lord Risby British Ukrainian Society Chairman, John Wittingdale Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ukraine, HE Volodymyr Handogiy Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Leonid Kozhara Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Commission on Foreign Relations, member of the UK Relations Inter-Parliamentary Group, Chatham House’s 2012 Robert Bosch Fellow Orysia Lutsevych, Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations Jana Kobzova, Jean Monnet Professorial Fellow at the University of Sussex Professor Alan Mayhew, and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe Dr Nat Copsey.

HE Volodymyr Handogiy stressed that Ukraine followed European democracy standards insuring all conditions for successful elections were met. The Ambassador also stressed that results of the elections seem to create favourable conditions to continue meaningful dialogue with the EU, including on facilitating EU Ukraine Association Agreement.

Leonid Kozhara informed the audience on the election process and further cooperation between newly elected political forces. He stressed that conclusive assessment of Ukraine elections will be presented in the final OSCE/ODIHR monitoring mission report.

John Wittingdale said that far from being perfect Ukrainian elections managed to bring to power two new political forces which serves as proof that the elections campaign was based on principles of democracy. John Wittingdale, MP made an observation as he himself took part in monitoring elections in Ukraine that in many respects Ukraine and UK elections run in a similar fashion.

Other participants agree that overall the elections process fairly reflected political preferences of Ukrainian voters, especially considering registered elections manipulations and the fact that Yulia Tymoshenko Ukrainian opposition leader remains in prison.

In his closing remarks Lord Risby called Ukraine to integrate fully into the European family of nations. And Britain is ready to full heartedly support Ukraine in its aspirations.


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