Kyiv Security Forum

Jerzy Buzek: Ukraine to Support Europe in Focusing on Fundamental Values

11 April 2014, 11:17

Fight of Ukrainians for freedom and their readiness to sacrifice life for the sake of better future isto wake Europe upand bring back into focus the fundamental values.

That was a statement of the European Parliamentarian, the Prime Minister of Poland  (1997-2001), the President of European Parliament (2009-2012) Jerzy Buzek at the 7th Kyiv Security Forum  on Friday.

“What you, Ukrainian citizens, were doing in the past months, what you are doing today should wake up and motivate Europe. Europe and the EU are in need of Ukraine to help us focus on the core values:  solidarity, freedom, human dignity, peace, security, rule of law, readiness to stand up and give life for the country”. 

The ex-President of the European Parliament pointed out: “We in Europe tend to forget how much important freedom and solidarity are. Almost 70 years expired since the war end and today we live in the prosperous society. It is of high importance to realize that humans can fight for freedom. “

Jerzy Buzek believes that while in search for the ways to resolve the crisis, Ukraine should decide independently on the  instruments to be used, in particular, with respect to foreign assistance.

“At the same time, it’s extremely important to implement efficient reforms, even when those are not popular with citizens  and every year there is a new Government.  Politicians should get accustomed to changes. In a year and a half there may be none of the current ministers, and  a change may be the way to achieve success. .Somebody may perceive it as no way a positive scenario, however, in terms of the nation this can  be the scenario for victory”, - the former Prime Minister of Poland shared experience of resolving a similar crisis in  his country  25 years ago.   

According to Jerzy Buzek, the current situation in Ukraine “is better in general terms” against Poland 25 years ago, “due to the change in environment”.  On the other hand, it is hard to implement any reform when “society is split by difference in views on nation’s future”.


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