Olena Sotnyk: PACE should be governed by principles, not its own interests

Today, during the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a report was presented by European Union Commissioner Johannes Hahn, much of which was devoted to Ukraine. As noted by a member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, MP of the Samopomich Union faction, Olena Sotnyk, this speech was full of support, which is especially important on the eve of tomorrow’s discussion of the progress in development of Ukraine’s democratic institutions.

“It is expected that tomorrow there will be heated debates in the PACE hall, so Johannes Hahn has set a very positive tone. The EU Commissioner praises the cooperation with Ukraine, in particular in terms of the decentralization and judicial reforms. According to him, the results of the cooperation are unprecedented, especially in view of the fact that 4,000 judges have actually resigned voluntarily. Another positive thing is that the Commissioner himself called for investment to Ukraine, because this means economic growth for us,” says Olena Sotnyk.

Moreover, in his speech Commissioner Hahn clearly spoke of the aggression against Ukraine and the challenges Ukraine is facing. At the same time, in contrast to this, the President of PACE, Pedro Agramunt, calls the events in the Ukraine a  conflict.

Therefore, during her speech at the free debate in PACE, Olena Sotnyk intends to address directly to the President of the Assembly and to ask him to finally shift his focus to the victim of the aggression – Ukraine.

“PACE President should be engaged in addressing issues aimed at putting an end to this aggression, instead of extending his collaboration and cooperation with Russia. recently the Assembly has been more and more often resorting to the following formula:

“Principles do not always work, sometimes to reach a consensus it is necessary to deviate from the principles.” Thus, in my speech, I will urge my colleagues to stop manipulations and to be guided by principles, rather than their own interests,” concludes Olena Sotnyk.

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