None of the European commissioners intends to attend the events of Euro 2012 in Ukraine
The EU is ready to further cooperation with Ukrainian authorities, however, as it was noted in the European Commission, the EU requires that they comply with democratic values and supremacy of law. So far, none of the Euro-commissioners intends to attend events in Ukraine dedicated to Euro 2012.
"As it became known, President Barroso has no intention of traveling to Ukraine or to attend the event, dedicated to Euro 2012. This position is shared by all European commissioners", - wrote the representative office on their page in Facebook. According to the information, the EC President Jose Manuel Barroso raised the issue during the meeting of European commission members on May 2.
"Even before the recent exciting events in Ukraine, the president declined the invitation of UEFA to attend the finals of Euro 2012 due to his busy schedule. The EU is ready to further cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities, however, the EU requires that they comply with democratic values and supremacy of law"- was said in a statement.
We remind that more and more of world leaders refuse to travel to Ukraine before the situation around the ex-prime minister is resolved. In particular Austrian and Dutch governments declare the boycott of the matches of Euro 2012 in Ukraine. Also, FRG Chancellor Angela Merkel has officially confirmed the information that she will not go to Euro 2012 in Ukraine if the situation around Tymoshenko does not change. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has no intention to visit Ukraine during the European Football Championship if Ukraine does not take measures to resolve the situation around Tymoshenko. Earlier, EU Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding announced that she would not go to the opening ceremony of Euro 2012.
Belgium has also joined the number of EU countries that declare a boycott of the Ukrainian part of Euro 2012. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reinders said: ‘In Brussels they state that "the Ukrainian government has applied an unacceptable treatment to Tymoshenko." "We must exert pressure to ensure that this authority has proved to be ready to go in the right direction - especially by providing appropriate medical care, visitation, and not only to Yulia Tymoshenko, but also to other prisoners," - he stressed.
The minister said that his government will carry out exactly the "political boycott" because the Belgian national team has not passed the final of the European football championship.
At the same time, the president of the European People's Party Wilfried Martens didn’t call to boycott but the protests during the matches of Euro 2012 in Ukraine. A similar position is held by the deputy of European Parliament of the People's Parties group, Michael Haler. He called on European politicians not to boycott Euro 2012, but instead to go to Ukraine for the championship and distance themselves from the Ukrainian authority, sharing the stadium with common fans.
President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski is criticizing the calls to boycott Euro-2012 in Ukraine. He believes that they are "totally inadequate", and they may cause Kyiv to adopt another, non-European foreign policy.
18 February 2015 11:07