Polish President: Pro-European Choice Triumphs in Ukrainian Elections
KYIV, Ukraine, November 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
The results of the October 28 parliamentary elections in Ukraine show the success of
pro-European spirit in the country, according to the President of Poland Bronislaw
Komorowski. The state official noted that all political parties that made it to the
Ukrainian parliament, but the communists, declared European integration of the country as
one of their goals.
As a result of the elections, five political parties made it to the Ukrainian
parliament. Pre-election plans, available at the official websites of the parties, provide
their political views on the issue of European integration. The official agenda of the
currently ruling Party of Regions states their intention to achieve Ukraine’s associated
membership in the EU, visa-free regime, and free trade. Oppositionist party Batkivshchyna
(leader – Yulia Tymoshenko) listed plans to facilitate ratification of the association
agreement and the free trade agreement with the EU, as well as visa-free regime.
Parliament newcomer – liberal party UDAR, headed by the world heavyweight boxing
champion Vitali Klitschko, declared intention to get Ukraine join the European community.
In their official pre-election plans both far right Svoboda and the Communist Party of
Ukraine positively regarded the common European security system.
Additionally, the Polish leader outlined that, in order to grow closer to the EU,
Ukraine needed to conduct justice and criminal prosecution reforms. At the moment, Ukraine
is carrying out a reform program for the justice system in the country. A network of
centers taking up pro bono cases has just been set up all over Ukraine. Starting January
1st, 2013, any person, resident or not, facing criminal legal charges in Ukraine will be
entitled for free legal aid.
On November 1st, 2012, a new Criminal Code of Ukraine came into force. It provides for
equal opportunities for each party in the criminal proceedings, for proceedings to be
based on the principle of competitiveness, introduces the jury court, and limits the use
of imprisonment penalty. Additionally, in September 2012, the President of Ukraine signed
a new law regulating prosecution. The document allows for limiting the rights of a
prosecutor, preventing the violation of human rights. The reforms were developed in
accordance with the European standards and the rulings of the European Court of Human
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine