“The parliamentary elections-2006 will be the chance for Ukraine to show its worthy. The elections must be transparent and fair. In case the elections is unfair or undemocratic ones Ukraine will lose its last chance to join the European Union,” said ex-President of PACE and current Representative of European Socialists Party Peter Schider.

In response to the question whether PACE would send its representatives to monitor Ukrainian elections-2006, Schider determined PACE ever possible presence during the elections in Ukraine. He also stated willingness of PACE to provide Ukraine with the experts of preparation for the elections.

Peter Schider admitted his surprise at progress and contribution made by socialist ministers (Interior Minister Yuri Lucenko, Education Ministry Stanislav Nikolaenko and the Head of the State Property Fund Valentina Semenyuk) working in the Cabinet of Ukraine.

He also stated “European socialists” backed Ukraine’s efforts to join the EU.


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