Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

When I am writing these words Aleksander Kwasniewski and Pat Cox are giving a report on their Ukrainian mission at the Conference of Presidents in the European Parliament. The mission is concluded by the release of 2 former ministers in Yulia Tymoshenko government (earlier one more prisoner had been released)

The report prepared by Kwaśniewsk and Cox contains some facts and figures- several days spent in Ukraine, 15 meetings with President Yanukovych and another several meetings with his closest collaborators, Prime Minister Azarov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Klyuyev, ministers, procurators, attorneys and finally prisoners themselves.

We can run a reasonable dispute over the achievements of the mission, whether it was successful or not. It is, however, indisputable that without humiliating petitions to grant a pardon, three people were released from prison. Nevertheless, the most important one is still kept in a prison hospital.

I expect the mission to be continued.

Aleksander Kwasniewski and Pat Cox together with Martin Schulz have all reasons to be satisfied. The President of the European Parliament risked a lot establishing unprecedented political operation. It was not the Commission, not the Council, not Ashton’s team, but the European Parliament that did a great job in order to set up requisite conditions to sign the Association Agreement during the Vilnius Summit.

It was not by chance that Aleksander Kwasniewski was congratulated by the EU diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton and the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle.

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