Photo: Maurice de Beijer (c) 2008
A debate on Ukraine at Westminster Hall
30 April 2008
The Chairman of The British Ukrainian Society, Richard Spring MP, secured a debate on Ukraine held at Westminster Hall on Wednesday 30th April at 2:30 pm.
Richard Spring discussed Ukraine’s economy, democracy, and ties between Britain and Ukraine at all levels. He also touched upon NATO membership, recent WTO accession, and reiterated the UK’s support for Ukraine’s membership in the EU. Comments were also made by Bruce George MP, Simon Hughes MP, Stephen Pound MP, John Grogan MP, Jo Swinson MP, Mark Francois MP, and Minister for Europe Jim Murphy.
The debate lasted 90 minutes and was attended by two members of the Ukrainian Rada, Dr Yuri Poluneev (Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Banking) and Vladyslav Lukianov (Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Banking).
Dr Poluneev and Mr Lukianov also met with British parliamentarians to discuss the newly formed Verkhovna Rada-Westminster Friendship Group. The Group is comprised of 102 Ukrainian Parliamentarians from all parties and chaired by Dr Poluneev. It will function as a counterpart to the UK Parliament’s All-Party Group on Ukraine.
For a full transcript of the debate, click on the link:
A video of the proceedings can also be watched at: