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08 June 2019, 13:00

Verkhovna Rada hosts X Session of IPA of Lithuania-Poland-Ukraine

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

 
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine hosted the X Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (IPA) of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and the Sejm and Senate of the Republic of Poland "Security. Development.  Democracy. United We Strong"

The Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy opened the IPA sitting. He reported on the discussion regarding the final document of the 10th IPA Session that had taken place before the start of the meeting.

H.Hopko speaks

The presiding officer gave then the floor to the head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Hanna Hopko.

H.Hopko informed that there was an hour-long discussion within the framework of a meeting of the IPA Committee on European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine. There were talked over the steps to be taken by Ukraine in order to become a member of the European Union and NATO.

"Our friends from Lithuania and Poland put a special stress upon the moment that we should demand from our partners - the EU and NATO - clear prospects for Ukraine’s membership," said the committee head.

It was also noted at the meeting that the recent reinforcement of the Russian aggression against Ukraine repeats the path of Sakartvelo (Georgia) - "this is, in fact, the incorporation of Ukraine’s territory into the Russian Federation.  Our common task, together with our partners from Poland and Lithuania, is therefore  extending and strengthening sanctions against the Russian Federation," H.Hopko emphasized.

The parties highlighted the importance of unblocking functioning of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC).

H.Hopko also spoke at length about the importance of development of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, which is a good instrument within the Eastern Partnership project to support each other and widen cooperation in all spheres.

A special place was given in the meeting talks to energy security. In particular, it was about the importance of preventing completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas line and, to the contrary, supporting the Gdansk-Odesa pipeline.

It is also necessary to expand Ukraine’s integration opportunities within the framework of the Lithuanian initiative "Ukraine-2027" and deepen cooperation with the countries, which will preside in the European Union until 2027, namely -  Germany, France, Sweden, Poland and Lithuania. "This is a great chance for the "window of opportunity" of becoming a full member of the European Union to open much wider for Ukraine," concluded Hanna Hopko.

During the meeting, there were also debated attempts of some European partners to return Russia to the Council of Europe and expand economic cooperation with it - on the part of Germany, for example.

H.Hopko thanked the members of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly for their overall assistance to Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity, helping sign the Association Agreement with the EU, obtaining a visa-free travel, creating a Ukrainian-Polish-Lithuanian brigade and current co-working in making out documents necessary for gaining a full membership in the EU and NATO.

She also supported Lithuania’s idea to have joint visits by the IPA Ukraine-Poland-Lithuania to Washington, Berlin and Paris to meet there with the local parliaments.

A. Kubilius speaks

The floor was then given to a Lithuanian speaker Andrius Kubilius, participating in IPA sittings for the last time for his being elected as MEP.

He noted that in the final document of the IPA Session there are many ideas about how to help Ukraine, and stressed the importance of working out tailored and results-oriented documents. "For our part, Ukraine’s success is very important, since we consider Ukraine and its citizens to be worthy of these achievements," said the representative of Lithuania and then added: "Ukrainian success on the Euro-integration path can be the master tool for positive changes even in Russia". According to A. Kubilius, "not just money, not even material things, but a very clear prospect of EU membership" is indeed important on this pathway.  At the same time, he observed that the West's problem is lack of a clear strategy towards Russia.

B. Borusewicz speaks

Afterwards, the floor was given to Deputy Senate Marshal Bogdan Borusewicz, who supported in his speech what was said by Hanna Hopko and other IPA members. B. Borusewicz stressed the need to involve not only Poland and Lithuania, but also other countries that would preside in the EU (Sweden, in particular) to support Ukraine, which is seen to be the main subject of the Eastern Partnership.

Of utter uneasiness was also the Polish politician about the off state” of the NATO-Ukraine Inter-Parliamentary Council, and he then pointed out the necessity of ‘harnessing’ Hungary which is blocking this international body.

I. Klympush-Tsyntsadze speaks

In her speech, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze expressed her sincere hope for the strengthening of cooperation between Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Polish parliamentarians.

She dwelt on the intensified escalation from Russia in the east of Ukraine.

The Vice Prime Minister also expressed concern about the situation at PACE, which could lead to returning the Russian Federation.

The Ukrainian official also hoped for uniting in counteracting the Nord Stream 2 and strengthening the militarization of the Black Sea area.

She thanked Lithuania and Poland for continuing support and assistance to Ukraine in the renewal of its armed forces, having emphasized that the development of Ukraine’s navy has today become one of the top priorities.

Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze stressed that Ukraine continues to move towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration and put a special emphasis on the importance of the EU aid to Ukraine’s economic reforms and sectoral integration into European markets.

A.Parubiy then asked to speak representatives of appropriate parliamentary committees on humanitarian and cultural cooperation (Ihor Didenko), on European and Euro-Atlantic integration (Hanna Hopko) and on development of trade and economic, regional and local cooperation (Mykola Velychkovych), who reported on the proposals made out for the final document.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine informed the audience about the amendments prepared for further introduction into the Assembly’s charter. He then reminded that the previous sitting of the Assembly had initiated making a new committee within the structure of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Ukraine-Poland-Lithuania. The backbone of this effort was providing adequate responses to the threats Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania are facing.

The presiding officer mooted up two changes to the Articles 2 and 9 of the Charter correspondingly, which, once approved, will enable (i) each member to depute twelve delegates per country and (ii) to launch a new committee in charge of security issues. Both of the amendments were then voted up.

A.Parubiy noted that the creation of the new committee would give a new impetus to work, would enable to more effectively respond to the challenges our countries are facing.

The conferees adopted the Final Document of the Tenth Session of the Assembly.

They were apprised by A.Parubiy that the next, 11th, session of the IPA would take place in 2020 in the Republic of Poland.

Concluding remarks were made by the Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski and the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Viktoras Pranckietis.

The Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy, the Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Viktoras Pranckietis and the Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland Stanislaw Karczewski subscribed the Final Document of the X Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (IPA) of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and the Sejm and Senate of the Republic of Poland "Security. Development.  Democracy. United We Strong".

The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine A.Parubiy thanked the Polish and Lithuanian parliamentarians for the support of Ukraine.

The session wrapped up its work at this point.