UWC President Eugene Czolij concluded working visit to Belgium
On 6-8 November 2017, the President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) Eugene Czolij concluded a working visit to Brussels, Belgium, where he took part in a forum entitled “UWC at 50: European and Euro-Atlantic Forum” and met with high-ranking officials of the European Union, NATO and their Member States, as well as Ukraine and Moldova.
During these meetings, the UWC President called for the implementation of the recommendations of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee meeting of 20 September 2017, namely to: a) increase the sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to the steps undertaken by the Russian authorities to integrate the occupied territories of Eastern Ukraine into the Russian Federation and in response to the further deterioration of the human rights situation in Crimea; b) support the deployment of a UN peace-keeping mission in coordination with Ukrainian authorities with full access to the whole territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, including to the Ukrainian-Russian border as recognized by the international community; c) take measures to terminate the Nord Stream 2 project, which is detrimental to European energy security; and d) support the initiative to establish a broad investment package for Ukraine akin to the Marshall Plan to enhance the adoption of reforms and economic growth. Eugene Czolij urged for continued support for Ukraine in overcoming the hybrid war of the Russian Federation. The UWC President also discussed the recent adoption of very important healthcare, pension and education reforms. Eugene Czolij indicated that Ukrainian authorities submitted the new Law of Ukraine “On education” to the Venice Commission for an expert review in view of the reaction by some foreign governments to specifics of the new law.
On 7 November 2017, Eugene Czolij delivered the keynote speech at a forum entitled “UWC at 50: European and Euro-Atlantic Forum” at the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee. More information about this forum can be found HERE.
On 8 November 2017, the UWC President addressed a conference of the Atlantic Council entitled “Ukraine and the EU: Charting a Path Forward” held at the European Parliament. The UWC President’s address is available HERE.
On 8 November 2017, during a debriefing session of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Kyiv on 31 October – 1 November 2017 by MEP Rebecca Harms and Marian Lupu, Co-Chairs of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly, Eugene Czolij welcomed the decisions of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly to support the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova and promote their European aspirations.
During his meetings with high-ranking officials, the UWC President was accompanied by Director of the UWC Mission to International Organizations in Brussels Maryna Iaroshevych.
“The Ukrainian World Congress will continue to actively support Ukraine’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration, which is in the best interests of Ukraine and the European Union, NATO and their Member States,” said UWC President Eugene Czolij.
List of high-ranking officials with whom the UWC President met:
Briens Mathieu, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
Caras Eugen, Ambassador of Moldova to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
Costello Daniel J., Ambassador of Canada to the European Union
Harms Rebecca, Co-Chair of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly, Member of the European Parliament
Hartzell Carl, Senior Adviser, Cabinet of the President of the European Council
Hrynevych Lilia, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine
Ildem Tacan, Ambassador, Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy at NATO
Kelam Tunne, Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
Klympush-Tsintsadze Ivanna, Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
Lupu Marian, Co-Chair of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly, Deputy President of the Democratic Party of Moldova
Prystaiko Vadym, Ambassador of Ukraine to NATO
Rosati Dariusz, Chair of the European Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee at the European Parliament
Shub Adam, Chargé d’affaires of the United States to the European Union
Suhoniako Oleksandr, Leader of the Social Democratic Party and Member of Parliament of Ukraine
Tochytskyi Mykola, Ambassador of Ukraine to the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, Ambassador of Ukraine to Belgium and Luxembourg
Várhelyi Olivér, Ambassador of Hungary to the European Union
Wagner Peter, Head of the Support Group for Ukraine at the European Commission
In the photo from left: E.Czolij addressing a conference of the Atlantic Council entitled “Ukraine and the EU: Charting a Path Forward”