The regular meeting of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in Strasbourg failed to start as Ukrainian membership of the Committee had not attended the meeting.

"I have never encountered a similar act in my parliamentary practice," a member of the committee, the British MEP Charles Tannock said. According to him, it is very difficult to understand and accept this step.

Another committee member, Polish MEP Marek Siwiec said that the people's deputies of Ukraine are playing against the rules.

He also suggested writing an open letter for publishing in the media to state that a committee meeting on the eve of the Vilnius summit "was paralyzed by a boycott on part of the Ukrainian parliament." 

As it turned out, Ukrainian MPs had not reached an agreement about who will lead the committee on the Ukrainian side.

Co-chair of the European Parliament Committee Pawel Kowal expressed fear that his colleagues in the European Parliament will accept such a step of Ukrainian MPs as "a common approach to the level of parliamentary cooperation and its role in the European integration of Ukraine". He also said that as a result of the failed meeting, MEPs will send the letters to EP speaker Schultz and Ukrainian speaker Rybak, and will go to Kyiv to talk informally with the Ukrainian colleagues.

One of the main items on the agenda of the meeting on October 9 was supposed to be an exchange of views on the EU-Ukraine relations on the eve of the Vilnius summit.


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