Tombinski: Parliament in democratic country should be able to work without violence

Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski has welcomed the adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of a number of laws on October 14. At the same time, the diplomat noted that the parliament in a democratic country should be able to discuss legislative initiatives without violence and intimidation.
Such a comment by Tombinski on the legislation adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday was released by the press service of the EU Delegation to Ukraine on its Facebook page.
“I very much welcome the adoption today by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of important pieces of legislation, including the law on [prosecutor’s office] and a number of laws that would contribute to prevent and fight corruption,” Tombinski said.
He noted that in close consultation with other partners, the EU would assess these laws as soon as promulgated.
“These encouraging steps by the parliament should not be overshadowed by the violent protests taking place in Kyiv today; in a democratic country, the parliament should be able to discuss legislative initiatives free from violence and intimidation,” the diplomat said.
At the same time, he encouraged the Ukrainian authorities to continue to progress on important reforms, including constitutional reform and de-centralization, as well as the reform of the judiciary, and the security sector.
“The European Union stands ready to support Ukraine in its reform efforts,” Tombinski said.
Clashes broke out outside the building of the Verkhovna Rada during mass rallies on October 14. In particular, according to police, activists hurled stones at law enforcement officers and used smoke bombs. Because of these provocations Verkhovna Rada Chairman Oleksandr Turchynov had to close the last plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada of the seventh convocation.

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