Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has met with a delegation headed by Belgian politician Miet Smet, the widow of former President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Wilfried Martens, to discuss the situation in Ukraine and its European integration aspirations.
“I am happy to welcome you to Ukraine. You are great friends who have always been at our side in the most difficult times and continue to help our country today,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.
Miet Smet said that it was very important that Ukraine has a reliable political party such as Batkivshchyna, which is a member of the EPP family. “We came here to Kyiv today to support your desire to become a member of the EU,” she said.
During the meeting they discussed issues of human rights and freedoms in Ukraine, in particular those of internally displaced persons and citizens living in the conflict zone.
The Batkivshchyna leader also spoke about the results of local elections in amalgamated territorial communities that were held on April 29, in which Batkivshchyna achieved victory despite pressure, falsification and administrative resource, as it did in the last 5 waves of local elections.
The Party leader informed the delegation of Batkivshchyna’s economic, social and foreign policy priorities, as well as key aspects of its proposed justice reform.
The European delegation included: Bart Vandendriessche, former Member of the Flemish Parliament, and his wife Anita Van Landschoot, former professor at Ghent University; Miet Smet, former Member of the Belgian Parliament, former Member of the European Parliament, former State Secretary of Environmental Affairs, widow of former EPP President Wilfried Martens; Walter Vandenbossche, former Member of the Belgian Parliament, former Member of the Flemish Parliament; and Noëlla Jacobs., General Secretary of Former Members of the Belgian Parliament from the Christian Democratic and Flemish Party, General Secretary of the Union of Former Politicians of the Christian Democratic and Flemish Party.