The European Parliament approved the resolution on fulfillment by Ukraine of the Association Agreement, criticizing Ukraine for corruption that slows down reform, absence of the political will to provide the independence of the judicial institutions. The resolution was supported by 676 MEPs. German MEP Michael Gahler was a speaker. The voting took place within the plenary meeting of the EU Parliament.
“Despite notable progress, widespread corruption continues to hamper Ukraine’s reform process; the continued constitutional crisis put at risk the ability of the president and the Verkhovna Rada to hold reforms,” the report says.
Thus, the resolution noted that meanwhile, Ukraine has achieved significant progress in the fulfillment of the conditions tied with the Association Agreement and integration with the Union, it is necessary to complete some started reforms: in the sphere of the rule of law, good governance and anti-corruption.
The resolution states that the whole potency of the held reforms is not fulfilled due to the dynamics of the process of the reforms and tied with them institutional problems and reforms are also disrupted by inner institutional instability and contradictions, absence of clear guides, weak potency, restricted resources and absence of the political will to adopt and provide the c complete independence of judicial and economic institutions and non-admission of the selective use of the justice.
Earlier, Executive Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis stated that the corruption continues to slow down the process of reforms in Ukraine and urges to reform the judiciary system. He noted that the key institutions should have strong and independent leadership and have a possibility to hold their work without political, economic, or other interference.