Parliamentary committee rejects all four “Tymoshenko” bills
The Verkhovna Rada profile committee, which has a clear Party of the Regions majority, decided on Wednesday to send all four draft laws which could resolve the issue of Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment for reworking. The committee (on legislative backup for law enforcement work) created a working group to develop a compromise draft law. All members of the committee will be in the working group, together with the authors of the 4 draft bills and any other MPs who wish to take part. It will be chaired by the head of the committee – Hennady Vasilyev from the Party of the Regions. In all 9 of the 17 members of the committee are members of the Party of the Regions.
The opposition had demanded that the committee adopt as its base the draft law submitted by Angelica Labunska which the Cox and Kwaśniewski Mission supported. They proposed voting for it in a package together with the bill proposed by the ruling majority on the prosecutor and amendments to electoral legislation. All three are key requirements on the Füle list for the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement to be signed.
Asked by journalists why the Party of the Regions had not supported any of the draft bills, Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of Batkivshchyna, said “It’s clear why, there’s no political decision from Yanukovych, and they’re presently playing for time”.
The BBC reports analysts as saying that the last day when parliament can pass a bill which will enable Tymoshenko to leave for treatment in Germany before 18 November would be Thursday, Nov. 7/.
The committee meeting was attended by the leaders of all opposition factions, and representatives of the Polish embassy and of the European Parliament. It lasted more than three and a half hours.