The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution on Ukraine.
The voting took place at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday. The resolution was voted for using a simplified procedure foreseeing its approval by a simple majority.
In the document, the European Parliament emphasized Ukraine's right to apply for EU (European Union) membership and welcomed the consensus statements by the Ukrainian government and political opposition on Ukraine's aspirations with regard to its path towards European integration and its long-term ambition to become an EU member state.
The European Parliament pointed out that the October 31, 2010 local and regional elections, although technically conducted in an orderly manner, did not set a new, positive standard, and stressed the need to improve Ukraine's electoral legislation.
The resolution also called on the authorities to fully investigate all reports of infringements of rights and freedoms, to remedy any violations identified and to investigate the role of the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) with regard to interference in the democratic process.
MPs also expressed concern about the situation in Ukraine with freedom of expression and media independence.
The European Parliament called on Ukraine to ensure transparent, efficient and high-quality services on gas transit to Europe through a modernized gas transportation network, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
As reported, the approval by the European Parliament of a resolution on Ukraine was postponed twice – on October 21 and November 10, 2010.
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