26 January 2005
Europe’s strong interest in rapid sustainable economic development in Ukraine
Motion for a resolution
presented by Mr Rigoni and others
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it
1. It is strategically important for Europe to develop and consolidate good neighbourly relations and cooperation with Ukraine. The process of democratisation which was set in motion by the elections held recently, economic growth estimated at 12.5% of GDP in 2004 thanks to the competitive advantages of industrial activity (despite the fiscal and financial deficit caused by the uncertainty of the election results), the explicitly manifested will to become a market economy by strengthening the process of privatisation, the crucial demand for stability and social equality, awareness of the impelling necessity to tackle environmental degradation, are all elements which are rapidly propelling Ukraine towards sustainable development.
2. At the economic level, in addition to supporting the process of economic transition, strengthening cooperation with European Union and world economies and the rapid launching of reforms and paths which interact with the European Union’s enlargement policies (immediately obtaining an increase in European funds through EBRD interventions), support will be given to policies which address: a rapid financial and economic recovery, taking into account the deficit produced in the past few months by the uncertainty of the election results; maintaining and enhancing the processing industry’s competitive advantage, through research and innovation; dealing more rigorously with fiscal policy and the current inflationary tendencies; increasing investments creating new opportunities, so as to stem capital outflow and attract international capital; reduction of the energy deficit by increasing domestic production and diversifying procurement from abroad; strengthening the credit system by supporting and consolidating local and national credit institutions and credit policies in favour of industry, small and medium sized enterprises, tourism, agriculture, regional and local development; supporting the strong propensity to domestic consumption and improving the quality of products, applying international norms and standards to increase exports; streamlining the public administration’s bureaucratic procedures so as to encourage foreign investment, given the huge demand for investment.
3. On a socio-economic level, in addition to pursuing social stability and maintaining an equilibrium between economic and social policies, it is necessary to foster closer cooperation between the European Union and Ukraine in order to prepare the implementation of the European Council Social Charter and European Union’s new Social Agenda, through policies aimed at: prolonging working life with an increase in the employment rate of young people, women and older people; setting up continuous training facilities; strengthening accompaniment measures for the essential restructurings of the economy.
4. As regards sustainable development, in addition to closer co-operation in the environmental, energy, nuclear safety sectors, it will be necessary to work towards: conserving the environment as natural capital, as the source of natural resources; not exploiting renewable energy sources beyond their natural capacity of regeneration; limiting the exploitation of non-renewable energy resources which must not exceed the energy provided by the development of alternative resources through technological progress.
Signed (see overleaf)
RIGONI, Andrea, Italy, EPP/CD
AZZOLINI, Claudio, Italy, EPP/CD
BRAUN, Márton, Hungary, EPP/CD
GUBERT, Renzo, Italy, EPP/CD
HUSEYNOV, Rafael, Azerbaijan, LDR
MAURO, Giovanni, Italy, EPP/CD
NAZARÉ PEREIRA, António, Portugal, EPP/CD
NESSA, Pasquale, Italy, EPP/CD
PODGÓRSKI, Bogdan, Poland, SOC
PUCHE RODRÍGUEZ ACOSTA, Gabino, Spain, EPP/CD
REIMANN, Maximilian, Switzerland, LDR
ROCHEBLOINE, François, France, EPP/CD
RUSSELL-JOHNSTON, United Kingdom, LDR
WILKINSON, John, United Kingdom, EDG
1 SOC: Socialist Group
EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group
EDG: European Democratic Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group