impending deadline in mind, a campaign to ratify the draft
law on freedom of information is still going strong. International
NGOs and representatives of Ukrainian civil society
want to see parliament pass the bill before the summer recess, which effectively starts on July 6.
Adopting the proposed law would show high-level commitment to
providing access to information for citizens, a crucial step in
Ukraine’s intermittent struggle against corruption and impunity.
Once parliament reopens in autumn, Kyiv will be making the final preparations for
Vilnius, when Ukraine expects to sign its extensively negotiated
Association Agreement with the EU. This, of course, promises to open
up new avenues for bilateral
cooperation, including political association, economic integration,
and visa liberalisation. But there are creeping doubts about whether
the agreement will be concluded, and the official EU messages are
becoming increasingly unyielding in tone.
In his speech
at the end of May before the EU
Neighbourhood East Parliamentary Assembly,
Štefan Füle, European
Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, hailed the
forthcoming summit as an unprecedented opportunity for ‘real
transformation in the post-Soviet space’.