The European Parliament (EP) offered to cancel the roaming charges between the EU and Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, to create a trust fund for the investments to Ukraine and possibly to impose new sanctions against Russia. Radio Liberty reported this.
These measures offered before the EU program ‘Eastern Partnership’ summit are included to the report project of the European Parliament to other European institutes on this program.
The EP offers to provide the Eastern Partnership plus model to these three countries-participators and to provide them with the implementation of the unilateral tariff preferences or creation of the broadband channel of high capacity.
Such plus model can be also offered to other three participants of the Eastern Partnership Armenia, Belarus and Azerbaijan ‘when they will be ready for such extended capabilities’.
The project should be considered at the session of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs on September 14 and it provides that the European Commission along with the European Investment Bank will work out the plan of creation of the ‘new European investment plan for Ukraine and other countries-participators of the Eastern Partnership that achieved the most effective progress in the reforms’.
According to the document, a new trust fund for Ukraine should concentrate on the private and state investments, particularly to the social and economic infrastructure and on the investments that will strengthen the capability of Ukraine to assimilate the investments.
Also, the document provides the support of the restoration of the full sovereignty of Ukraine in Crimea, Georgia in Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Moldova in Transnistria.
Moreover the project offers to clearly support the European strivings of the countries-partners remembering the acting resolution that ‘any European country can appeal with a request to get the membership in the EU if it corresponds to the Copenhagen criteria and democratic principles and adheres to the fundamental freedoms and rights of human and minorities and the rule of the law’.
This project can undergo transformation until the consideration of it by the full EP in November.
At the moment the EU works on the text of the so-called ‘Brussels declaration’ that should be approved by the partakers of the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels in November.
The main controversy centered around the issue whether the offer on ‘recognition of the European strivings’ of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia should be included in the declaration or not. Such offer was already included in the Riga declaration of the previous Eastern Partnership summit in 20015 but now Germany and the Netherlands stand against this phrase according to the EU diplomats.
Earlier, Poroshenko claimed about the beginning of the negotiations with the authorities and leaders of the EU countries to abolish the roaming charge for the Ukrainians who travel in Europe.