MIP: Ukraine-EU Consultations on Legal Consequences of the Temporary Occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol Held in Brussels
On October 18-19, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova took part in the 5th Round of Ukraine-EU Consultations on Legal Consequences of the Temporary Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, held in Brussels.
In the course of her speech, Emine Dzhaparova said that in Crimea, among others, the rights to personal security, to freedom of speech and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, to freedom of conscience and religion were being violated.
“Attention to Crimea on the international agenda, and accordingly in the information space, is weakening despite a rather assertive policy of non-recognition. Against such a background, the scale of repressions against Ukrainian and Crimean citizens is increasing.
“A real and formalized mechanism of the international discussion of the Crimean topic needs launching. The last but one resolution of the European Parliament records the platform on de-occupation is needed.
“In our book, Crimean sanctions should be severed. And human rights violations, which are systemic and purposeful in occupied Crimea, must be a ground for expanding personal sanctions. All the more so as the Office of the Crimean Prosecutor will within a year have completely concrete names of people involved in perpetrating crimes,” the First Deputy underscored.
Pending the meeting, the discussion also revolved around such issues as ensuring the rights of citizens of the peninsula, the obstruction of journalistic activities, taking tangible political and economic action necessary to liberate Crimea from the aggressor, as well as the possibility of creating the office of a EU Special Representative for Crimea. In addition, the EU side was informed of the forming of “the group of friends of Ukraine on de-occupation of Crimea”.
Additional Information. Consultations on Legal Consequences of the Temporary Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol are interagency negotiations between Ukraine and the European Union, which are held every year. The EU side is represented by officials from the EEAS and specialized General Directorates of the European Commission, and the Ukrainian side is represented by the leadership of bodies of state power responsible for the agenda issues.
The main aim of the Consultations is to work out at the expert and highest levels the future policy regarding Crimea and Sevastopol, to coordinate the implementation of the policy of non-recognition, to inform the EU side of the development of the situation in the temporarily occupied peninsula, to decide and resolve problematic aspects arising in the Crimean direction of the EU and Ukrainian policies.
The sides check that they are on the same page as well as draw up concrete recommendations to be taken into account in future summits and when planning practical steps towards the de-occupation of Crimea, the protection of rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens living in Crimea and Sevastopol.
The members of the official delegation of Ukraine included Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine; Yusuf Kürkçü, First Deputy Minister for the Ministry of the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons; Andrii Halushchak, State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine; Mykola Tochytskyi, Ukraine’s Representative to the EU.