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Ukraine has to change a lot before entering EU, - Petras Austrevicius MEP

“We recognize the aspirations of Ukraine to be as close as a member of the European Union. We appreciate this," Austrevicius
17:46, 23 October 2019

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Many things should be changed in Ukraine from inside to become an EU member-state. Petras Austrevicius, a former member of Lithuanian Seimas and a current Member of the European Parliament, stated this in Strasbourg at the conference on the reforms of Ukraine’s judiciary.

 “We recognize the aspirations of Ukraine to be as close as a member of the European Union. We appreciate this. But it means that a lot of things must change from inside. The European Union is just a partner, which might assist with experience, the practice of reforms. But things must be done in Kyiv, in Odesa, in Lviv,” he said.

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As we reported earlier, on September 26 the National council on questions of television and radio broadcasting deprived TV channel "112 Ukraine" of digital licenses for broadcasting.

The channel continues to broadcast and is available to its viewers on satellite, cable and the Internet.

The decision of the National Council has already been condemned in the European Parliament, who promised to pass this information to European officials.

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The journalists of the 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels held a rally of solidarity against censorship. Three TV channels go off the air for 30 minutes.

The move is an answer to the Ukrainian authorities and their attempts to oppress freedom of speech in Ukraine.

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