The Crisis in Ukraine: Risks and Prospects

24 February 2014
Press release

While the Maidan burns in Kiev and the crisis in the Ukraine deepens, a delegation of Ukrainian and Russian civil society organisations bring their analysis to Brussels to engage policy makers, parliamentarians and civil society.


Press Release, 26 February 2014

The GUE fraction of the European Parliament will be hosting a round table on Thursday 27 February to discuss the Ukraine crisis. Experts from Russia, Ukraine, Holland, France, Poland, Germany and Austria will discuss the background to current events in Ukraine and assess the prospects for a Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.

"The failure of the Ukrainian government to sign the association agreement was caused by the objective impossibility to fulfill the requirements of this contract without catastrophic consequences for the economy. Ukraine is not going to attract investments, but the events in this country can help European bureaucracy to dismantle the welfare state in the EU,” says Boris Kagarlitsky, director of IGSO.

"The opposition that has organized protests at Maidan does not seek the approval of European values nor to develop the country's economy on the basis of the European model. Maidan does not offer any practical measures to improve the economic and social situation in the country," said Vasile Ernu, Ukrainian philosopher and journalist now working out of Romania.

The roundtable has been organized by the GUE Group, in co-operation with the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements (IGSO) based in Moscow and the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam.

A Press briefing will be held in Brussels (Bellgiya) at the European Parliament on 27 February, 13:30 to 14:00: European Parliament Bât. Altiero Spinelli 60 rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60 B-1047 - Bruxelles / Brussels Belgium. Room PHS 01C51.

For Registration and entry to EP please contact: Norbert Hagemann; + 32-228-47893

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