23.04.2015. Appeal of the civil society organizations on the appointment of the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European integration, Center UA, “Stronger Together” Initiative
In the run-up to the EU-Ukraine Summit scheduled for April 27, 2015, Ukrainian civil society organisations (led by Reanimation Package of Reforms and Stronger Together Initiative, together with European integration experts) appealed to the President of Ukraine, the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and the Prime Minister of Ukraine to appoint the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European integration.
These civil society organizations demand the appointment because of the extremely dilatory progress of the implementation of the Association Agreement, in particular adoption of legislation to support this process. “In order to undertake Eurointegration reforms, the country needs a strong coordination centre with an expert team and a director with broad powers. The Office of the Vice Prime Minister, run by a professional director who is not a political appointee, would be the kind of entity that will make it possible for Ukraine to take full advantage of the benefits of the Association Agreement” – write activists and experts in the appeal.
Authors of the appeal, based on the public vote, proposed the list of potential candidates for this office: Acting President of the American Chamber of Commerce Taras Kachka; Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European integration Olena Zerkal; Director of the European and Euroatlantic Integration Coordination Bureau (2008-2010) Vadym Triukhan; Ukraine’s representative to the European Union Kostiantyn Yeliseyev; and the Governmental Commissioner for Ethnonational Policy Ghennadiy Druzenko.
Read the full text of the Appeal.