The diplomacy knows an infinite number of wordings that do not explicitly describe a simple situation. I suppose that some of them will be used during today’s EU-Ukraine summit.
There are signs that the agreement on association and free trade is ready. However, there is no will on the European side to initial it. There are “technical obstacles, the need for additional consultations, comparison of Ukrainian and English texts”, etc., etc.
A similar procedure will apply to the political declaration. The EU, and especially two capitals – Berlin and Paris – do not want in any way to refer to Ukraine’s accession to the EU. As a result, there will be much about European aspirations, European identity, etc.
There will be little, in turn, on Yulia Tymoshenko’s case. Nevertheless, everybody knows that Kiev’s stubbornness resulted in a deadlock on the last line. There will be no scandal, because nobody needs it, but no success either, even though it would be very handy.
PS: I have not written so far about the finalisation of my report concerning the European Neighbourhood Policy, which was adopted by the European Parliament during last week’s plenary session in Strasbourg. Here is the summary of what should be said on this issue.
Author : Marek Siwiec MEP
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