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05 November 2019, 14:47

VRU: Joint briefing of Baltic Plus Group delegates

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has just seen a joint briefing of the PACE’s Baltic Plus Group delegations

The event recapitulated the results of a joint working meeting of Ukrainian delegates with members of the PACE’s Baltic Plus Group delegations.

                            

Yelyzaveta Yasko: Leader of the Permanent delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the PACE

She first of all expressed her gratitude for attending the meeting to colleagues   from the Baltic Plus Group and the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

"It is of great value to us that at the time when confidence to the Council of Europe and its values has proved to be undermined, we do enjoy a very clear and monolithic unity of the Baltic Plus Group states and the United Kingdom. In one accord we now speak about the necessity of restoring the confidence to the Council of Europe, to its values and to its efficacy,” the leader stressed.

Y. Yasko then informed the audience that today there had been discussed at large a joint action plan, which would be implemented in the immediate future. According to her, it is planned, in particular, to soon carry out consultations with delegates from the countries willing to cooperate, aiming to expand the Baltic Plus format. "It is very important for us to see the format expanding, and we are all set to work upon this," she underlined.

Additionally, Yelyzaveta Yasko noted: “The meeting also discussed the juridical tools on hand that can be used to operate the group. In particular, there was an ample debate regarding the Ukrainian situation, when the prior deputation’s powers had been revoked".

In conclusion, the Ukrainian delegation leader asserted: "It is very important for us that Ukrainian delegates, too, have met today their colleagues from other countries, having established more contacts".  She also expressed her hope for further productive collaboration in the near future.

 

In their speeches, leaders of the other delegations to PACE emphasized the unity of their positions and visions upon many issues, in particular - the need for returning to the fundamental principles, which the Council of Europe had been founded on and for widening the BPG circle.

 

Sir Roger Gale: MP – UK Parliament, Leader of the British delegation to the PACE

The British team leader, Sir Roger Gale, observed that today’s meeting was very intensive and productive, thereby demonstrating “the utter unity of our positions".

He then added: “We are united in that we must work in concert to reaffirm and uphold the principles which the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly were founded upon.  We do hope that other members would join in our group. And we’d like to accentuate - again and again - that principles cannot be sold”.

 

Inese Libina-Egnere: Leader of the Latvian parliamentary delegation to the PACE

In her turn, the Latvian delegation leader Inese Libina-Egnere reminded the people that the first meeting of the Baltic Plus format took place on September 6 in Riga, being spearheaded by the Latvian parliament. "It was a meeting of like-minded countries and delegations who wanted to express their strong support to Ukraine and Georgia," she said.

"We are confident that more and more countries would soon join us in and we will be able to very clearly pronounce our position in support of the Council of Europe principles," the Latvian delegation leader asserted.

 

Tamar Chugoshvili: Leader of the Georgian delegation to the PACE

Tamar Chugoshvili thanked the leader of the Ukrainian delegation Yelyzaveta Yasko for inviting her to attend the meeting.

The Georgian politician declared: “We do have many problems in common here.  In particular, the problems of Georgia and Ukraine are similar through having occupied territories where people die day after day. The existing negative dynamics we are in cannot be ignored". Afterwards, the politician expressed her gratitude to her colleagues from the Baltic countries and the United Kingdom for their continued support.

 

Today the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine hosted the third meeting of Ukrainian delegates with members of the PACE’s Baltic Plus Group delegations.

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov delivered his welcoming speech to the guests.

During the meeting, it was more than once emphasized that the creation of the informal inter-parliamentary group "Baltic Plus" is intended to offer a constructive action programme aimed at restoring the PACE's authority through implementing its own decisions and requirements of the Council of Europe Charter.

*** An informal group of five Baltic national delegations was set up at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in response to the unconditional return of the Russian delegation to the Assembly.

The group comprises Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia (Sakartvelo).