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A change in rhetoric from the European Parliament for Ukraine?

January 19, 2012

Martin Schulz.

Who? – Martin Schulz has just been installed elected as the new president of the European parliament.  I use the word elected as technically that is true, there was a vote, however as is the agreement between the left and right within the EU parliament, it was his sides turn to have a member be president.

What has this got to do with Ukraine and any rhetoric relating to Ukraine coming from the European parliament?

Well, the previous president, Jerzy Buzek, was a member of the European Peoples Party, the same party to which Ms Tymoshenko and her party are affiliated to.  The EPP have been very vocal over Ms Tymoshenko, and thus far conversely very quite over matters in Hungary where the current leadership is part of the EPP umbrella party despite the EU taking legal action over Hungary.  Such is partisan politics of course.

The recently installed president,  Martin Schulz,  is from the European Socialist side of the political divide who are much more friendly towards the Party of Regions currently in power in Ukraine and much less friendly with the current government of Hungary.

Should there be any inference drawn from this change?  In theory there should be no change as the president of the European parliament is supposed to act in a manner that is representative of the entire parliament, however Mr Schulz has a reputation for being unerring, robust and belligerent in his views.  Becoming president is hardly likely to dull his political views or the lens through which he sees issues.

So is it likely that even if the position of the European parliament does not change over Ukraine, the rhetoric and wording used when speaking about all matters Ukrainian will?  Time will tell, but I suspect the tone will change to be less barbed as far as the current Ukrainian authorities are concerned, even if the underlying issues remain the same.

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Ukrainian Gas Transport System – Trilateral JV

October 7, 2011

A quick post today as I have one more day dealing with the Odessa buildings inspectorate before the first of many signatures and stamps are collected for the documentation I need.

It seems that Russia has changed its position over a strictly bilateral agreement with Ukraine if it was to invest in and upgrade the Ukrainian GTS and agreed with Ukraine that any JV should be a 3-way affair with an EU partner as well.

Common sense one would say, given that Ukraine is the link in the chain between Russian production and EU consumption.

One assumes that this will put the South Stream pipeline on hold for now although it is far too late to halt the Nord Stream project that will go directly from Russia to Germany.

Why the change of heart from Russia?

Who is the EU partner?

Now I’m off to do battle with bureaucracy.

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