At the sitting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg on Wednesday, the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine was discussed. Member of the Estonian delegation to the PACE Raivo Aeg, who spoke at the sitting, emphasised that Estonia considered it to be its priority to contribute to Ukraine’s integration into Europe through the framework of the Eastern Partnership programme.
“Estonia can share its experience in building up a democratic State management,” Aeg said. “After the events of Maidan and the election of Petro Poroshenko as the President, Ukraine has clearly chosen the path towards reconstructing a democratic country based on the rule of law that respects human rights,” Aeg added.
At the same time Aeg was worried about the corruption in Ukraine. “Quick changes to legislation, implementation of necessary reforms, functioning of civil society and people’s belief in honest and transparent governance are hindered by the influence of oligarchs and deep corruption in almost every aspect of life. Political corruption and judicial corruption cause the greatest concern,” Aeg added.
In Aeg’s opinion, the biggest problem that needs solving is finding a solution to the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The PACE session, which is held in Strasbourg, France, on 23–27 January, also discusses the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the situation in Lebanon, European security, and challenges to regional stability. Attacks against journalists and media freedom in Europe are also spoken about.