Open Appeal of Ukrainian NGO leaders: Association Agreement Between Ukraine and the EU To Be Initialed

Nov 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Civic Actions, European Union, Politics, Ukraine

Herman Van Rompuy
President of the European Council

Jose Manuel Barroso
President of the European Сommission

Jerzy Buzek
President of the European Parliament

Catherine Ashton
High Representative to the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Radoslaw Sikorski
President of the Council of the European Union, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

Viktor Yanukovych
President of Ukraine

Volodymyr Lytvyn
Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine

Mykola Azarov
Prime Minister of Ukraine


Pawel Kowal
Chairman of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, the European Parliament

Pawel Zalewski
Member of the European Parliament

Kostyantyn Gryshchenko
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

José Manuel Pinto Teixeira
Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine


Statement of the Civil Society of Ukraine

Ukrainian civil society organizations, the community of independent experts on European integration, and community networks, including the Ukrainian National Platform of the Civil Society Forum of the Eastern Partnership, welcome the conclusion of negotiations over the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU last week and call on Ukraine’s government and the European Union to put every possible effort into initialing the Association Agreement by the end of this year. Postponing the initialing of this Agreement beyond 2011 will have dangerous consequences for relations between Ukraine and the EU and Ukraine’s European integration, and—most importantly—will deprive ordinary Ukrainians of the sense of real European prospects. Such prospects provide Ukrainian citizens with an extremely important leverage for advocacy for their fundamental rights and freedoms and promoting democratic changes in Ukraine.


We appeal to the Ukrainian public authorities, first and foremost, the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, to:

–   recognize and guarantee the commitments undertaken by Ukraine and EU demands with respect to ensuring the rule of law and independence of the judiciary; ensuring due conditions for functioning of an opposition, and providing a proper legislative and administrative frameworks for holding free and fair elections in Ukraine. These steps will be proof of Ukraine’s political will to abide by European values. We believe such steps will also help change the position of some European political forces, which nowadays insist that the Association Agreement must not be initialed under the current circumstances;

–   refrain from insisting on unrealistic conditions, including from demanding the inclusion of a formal membership perspective on the part of the EU in the text of this Agreement, since the document by its nature is already a detailed outline of Ukraine’s European prospects.


We also appeal to the European Union to:

–   initial the Association Agreement by the end of 2011, without blocking the process for political reasons, even though recognizing the challenges to democratic development of Ukraine;

–   affirm, in the Preamble to the Association Agreement, that Ukraine is a European country with a European identity, as recognized in earlier bilateral documents;

–   present a transparent list of conditions to the Government of Ukraine as a sine qua non for the Association Agreement to take effect. As representatives of civil society, we guarantee that this list will be disseminated broadly to the citizens of Ukraine;

–   clearly state that the official signing and ratification of the Association Agreement will only be possible after Ukraine meets the list of conditions;

–   demonstrate support for the striving of the Ukrainian society by initialing the Association Agreement to give the Ukrainian citizens a chance for European modernisation of their country.


We emphasize that the initialed Association Agreement and its published text will be an important tool for the Ukrainian civil society to generate public demand for reforms and influence the government to undertake the necessary changes.


We reiterate the importance of the Ukrainian civil society’s demands that were expressed in the statements issued by leading Ukrainian pro-European platforms on October 20 and September 12, 2011.


Therefore, we appeal to the President of Ukraine, as the Guarantor of the Constitution of Ukraine, to the Government and the Parliament of Ukraine, and to the European Union, with the demand that the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU be initialed.


Oleksandr Sushko, Institute of Euro-Atlantic Cooperation

Oleh Rybachuk, CentreUA CSO

Yevhen Bystrytskiy, International Renaissance Foundation

Ihor Kohut, Laboratory for Legislative Initiatives, Chairman of the National Platform of Civil Society Forum Eastern Partnership

Yulia Tyshchenko, Ukrainian Independent Center for Policy Studies

Andriy Skipalskiy, Zyttia [Life] Advocacy Center

Oleh Zhyvotovskiy, European Choice CSO

Alla Prun, Information-analytical center “European Space”

Аnatoliy Tkachuk, Institute of civil society

Andriy Klymenko, Tavria institute for regional development, Internet-portal

Andriy Kohut, Centre for Legal and Political Studies “Seven”

Valeriy Ivanov, Academy of Ukrainian Press

Viktor Zamiatin, Independent expert

Vladyslav Piro, Ukrainian center for museum development

Volodymyr Horbach, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation

Volodymyr Yermolenko, NGO “Internews-Ukraine”

Volodymyr Chemerys, Republic Institute

Viacheslav Budenko, International Diplomatic Mission
of People’s Diplomacy “European Ukraine”

Halyna Usatenko, Europe XXI Foundation

Anna Golubovska-Onisimova, UNENGO “MAMA-86”

Gulnara Bekirova, portal “Crimea and Crimean Tatars”

Ihor Burakovsky, Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting

Ihor Koliushko, Centre for Policy and Legal Reform

Ihor Savchak, Centre for Cultural Management

Ihor Semyvolos, Centre for Middle East Studies

Ihor Todorov, independent expert

Illia Zavodovsky, NGO «Club of Young Diplomats of Ukraine”

Inna Pidluska, International Renaissance Foundation

Iryna Bekeshkina, Democratic Initiatives Foundation named after Ilko Kucheriv

Iryna Sushko, Europe without Barriers

Iryna Shvets, Civil society network OPORA

Mykhailo Pashkov, Razumkov Centre

Myroslav Marynovych, “Ukrainian Centre of International PEN-club”

Mykhailo Volynets, Chairman of Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Ukraine Mykhailo Gonchar, NOMOS

Iryna Solonenko, International Renaissance Foundation

Mykhailo Nakhod, Centre for Policy Analysis and Electoral Consulting

Natalia Andrusevych, Resource-analytical centre “Society and Environment”

Natalia Lygachova, NGO “Telekrytyka”
Natalia Belitser, Institute of Democtacy named after Pylyp Orlyk

Oleksandr Butsenko, Centre for Development “Democracy through Culture”

Oleksandr Vinnikov, Network of European Law Development
Oleksandr Magliona, Association “New Horisons”

Dmytro Shulga, International Renaissance Foundation

Oleksandr Palii, policy analyst

Olga Aivazovska, Civil society network OPORA

Natalia Sad, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation

Svitlana Zalishchuk, CentreUA CSO

Taras Shevchenko, Institute of Media and Law

Tetyana Guchakova,  Tavria institute for regional development, Internet-portal

Yuri Tretiak, Association of Regional Development Agencies of Ukraine


and 100+ more  leaders of Ukraine’s NGOs  (see:

One Comment to “Open Appeal of Ukrainian NGO leaders: Association Agreement Between Ukraine and the EU To Be Initialed”

  1. […] Partnership, and the Civic Expert Council were joined by hundreds of NGOs and activists in their appeal to EU leaders and Ukrainian authorities to initial the Association Agreement as soon as possible. […]

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