October 11, 2013
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has become the latest influential body to back
signing of the Association Agreement in
in November, which could then be ratified as early as spring 2014.
The Committee Thursday approved a report prepared by co-chair of Euronest, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, which recommended the agreement should go ahead if
"meets the necessary conditions".
This would mean at least a conditional release from prison for jailed former Prime Minister
, which is presently being negotiated by the European Parliament.
One of her lawyers,
, said in the past week that his client welcomes efforts by the European Parliament's envoys to
, to have her pardoned by
. That pardon would be conditional on her leaving
and agreeing not to return.
News that the Foreign Affairs Committee is willing to back
Association Agreement means yet another important European body is now in line with
agenda. As far back as May the European Commission said
deserves the deal, which will also trigger a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.
European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy,
, has also advocated
inclusion, while in the past few weeks European MPs have also voiced their support.
Thirty MPs from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
(PACE) joined forces to praise the "continuing efforts of the Ukrainian authorities" in passing laws and introducing constitutional changes in line with EU criteria.
"We welcome the continuing efforts of the Ukrainian authorities towards the implementation of reforms," they said in a joint declaration.