You can say “European integration” a hundred times- however, life in the country from this will not be European. After three and a half years of European integration in words, Ukraine is much further from the declared goals than it was in 2013. The actions of the Ukrainian authorities during this period, unfortunately, lead us further away from Europe,” MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Serhiy Lovochkin wrote in his blog on the site obozrevatel.com.
“Despite the bravura of the government, the agreement does not provide the prospect of EU membership. In addition, after the referendum in the Netherlands, the European Union confirmed this position with a separate statement, which also states that Ukraine cannot count on money from the Union’s funds,” Lovochkin said.
The politician stressed that the agreement on association with the EU, signed in 2014 (prepared and initialed in March 2012), had to give an impetus to the growth of the national economy, and, most importantly, to direct the country into the logic of the development of European civilization. “It is necessary to guarantee peace, national harmony, new content of domestic policy, standards of European democracy and law, public administration and unconditional guarantee of the rights and freedoms of our citizens. But the most important thing is to ensure movement towards the European level of well-being,” the opposition politician noted.
However, as Serhiy Lovochkin emphasized, the authorities have failed all these tasks.
“The export to the EU countries as a result of the “European course” has not yet reached the level of the same year 2013. In 2016, commodity exports to the EU amounted to $ 13.5 billion - 20% lower than the “pre-revolutionary”. In the first half of 2017, in spite of the advertised growth, it is still less by $ 110 million than in the first half-2013. Even the preferential regime of free trade, which was distributed unilaterally only by our exporters, did not help,” the MP explained.
According to him, slogans do not influence the real numbers, they are provided with deeds.
“The growth of exports is possible only with the total modernization of the economy. This requires investment. Peace, stability, an effective business climate and a reduction in corruption are necessary for investments. Meanwhile, we see only the withdrawal of Western investors from Ukraine,” the parliamentarian drew attention.
“There are other figures - for the fall of salaries in the currency equivalent, for the growth of unemployment. There are facts of systemic pressure on the opposition, searches of editorial offices and arson of television channels, political arrests and murders. In these figures and facts, the answer is why European leaders remind us every time that Ukraine is not the European Union,” the oppositionist said.
Serhiy Lovochkin stressed that Europe had opened borders for Ukrainian citizens, but remained closed to them.
“The main insurmountable “border” is poverty of Ukrainians. It is not overcome by populism and slogans of the government; it is not overcome even by the decisions of the European Parliament. It can be overcome only with daily work on the restoration of the economy, professional effective management, a real fight against corruption,” he said.
“Three and a half years have been lost, and losing another year or two is inadmissible luxury. It is necessary to hold re-elections of the parliament. Only the new government will be able to return peace to Ukraine, stabilize the economy, guarantee the rights of citizens - and make practical decisions to make European integration real,” Serhiy Lovochkin emphasized.