European Party of Ukraine

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European Party of Ukraine
Leader Mykola Katerynchuk[1]
Founded December 2006 (2006-12)[2]
Headquarters Kiev
Ideology Liberalism
Political position Centre
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party
Colours Blue
Website
http://www.epu.in.ua/
Politics of Ukraine
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Elections

The European Party of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Європейська партія України) is a Ukrainian political party registered by the Ministry of Justice on August 3, 2006. Its ideology is social-liberalism, when the state should maintain harmonious social relations: create appropriate conditions for free competition, to prevent the formation of market monopolies and protect the vulnerable population strata. They advocate reforms that they claim will increase social standards of life of Ukrainians to the European level. They support integration of Ukraine into the European Union. Initially, the party was headed by Mykola Moskalenko. In August 2013 the party had more than 5,000 members.[citation needed]

History of the Party[edit]

Foundation[edit]

The date of registration of the European Party of Ukraine by the Ministry of Justice is August 3, 2006.[2] The first party leader was Mykola Moskalenko, and Victor Zavalnyy was his deputy. Since September 2007 Mykola Katerynchuk has been the leader of the party.

Elections 2007[edit]

The European Party joined the single "megablock" of national democratic parties "Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc" in the early 2007 parliamentary elections.[2] The party's people's deputy according to the block’s list was Mykola Katerynchuk. After polling 14.15% of the votes, the block was the third biggest block and got 72 seats in the Parliament.[2]

Elections 2008[edit]

During the 2008 Kiev local election the party was part of Mykola Katerynchuk Bloc that won 3.47% of the votes and 5 seats in the Kiev City Council.[3][4] Mykola Katerynchuk ran for the post Mayor of Kiev.

Elections 2010[edit]

During the presidential elections 2010 the European Party of Ukraine supported Yulia Tymoshenko.[5]

During the 2010 Ukrainian local elections the party won no representatives in Oblast Councils (regional parliaments); its biggest success was winning 1 seat in the city council of Lutsk.[6] According to the results of local elections the European party won 150 local government seats.[citation needed][dubious ]

Elections 2012[edit]

In October 2008 the party intended to run in the October 2012 parliamentary elections (also) as part of a political alliance and was holding negotiations with the Lytvyn Bloc, the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and Vitaliy Klychko (in case he would participate in the elections independently) and other political forces.[7] In August 2011 the party announced it would merge with Civil Position.[8] However, Civil Position competed on one single party under the "umbrella" party "Fatherland", together with several other parties, during the 2012 parliamentary elections[9][10][11][12][13][14] In these elections (European Party of Ukraine) party leader Katerynchuk won a constituency in Vinnytsia Oblast (and thus was re-elected into parliament) under the same banner.[15][16][17][18] In the same election the party competed in/for 5 constituencies (seats) under its own name (Vinnytsia Oblast, Volyn Oblast, Donetsk Oblast, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Poltava Oblast and Sumy Oblast; the party did not participate in the elections in the national multi-mandate electoral district);[19] but it won in none and thus missed parliamentary representation.[20] When several of the other parties that had competed under "umbrella" "Fatherland" in the 2012 parliamentary elections merged into "Fatherland" in June 2013[21] the party did not merge with them and kept its independence.[22]

In October 2012 during the parliamentary elections the European Party of Ukraine proposed its candidates in single-mandate majority electoral districts in Vinnytsia, Volyn, Donetsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava and Sumy regions. The European Party of Ukraine did not participate in the elections in the national multi-mandate electoral district. The party leader Mykola Katerynchuk was elected at the majority electoral district No.13 (Kalinovsky, Khmelnitsky, Kozatinsky districts of Vinnytsia region), he got 64.34% of votes.[18]

Elections 2013[edit]

In Horlivka city council in the majority electoral district No. 21 (the town of the Rumyantseva mine and a part of the residential district “Sonyachnyy”) the candidate of the European Party of Ukraine Iryna Korzhukova was elected as a deputy . Receiving 42.8% she outpolled the Party of Regions candidate Vladimir Drukovsky (23.8%) and the Communist Oleg Afonichkin (11.74%).[23] The leader of the party began the campaign for mayor of Kyiv, he has significant support of Kyiv citizens [24] The Kiev local election date is not yet determined.[25] The Verkhovna Rada (parliament of Ukraine) has not yet set a date for the elections (by law it is obliged to do so).[26][27]

Party structure[edit]

Leader of the Party[edit]

The Chairman of the European Party of Ukraine is Mykola Katerynchuk – the people's deputy of Ukraine of VI, V, VI and VII convocations, the Cand.Sc. Law. Before he joined the big-league politics, he worked as lawyer. In 2004 he protected the interests of candidate for President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko at the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

The governing bodies of the Party[edit]

  • Party Congress (convened not less than once every two years; it defines the party strategy and chooses its leader).
  • Party Council (held every one or two months).
  • Party Central Executive Committee (provides organizational, informational, analytical and resource support of the party; provides practical implementation of the party central executive bodies’ decisions, orders and instructions of its leader).
  • Party Conferences and Executive Committees at the primary level of the local party organizations. 

February 2012 – the Central Executive Committee was headed by Vitaly Shcherbenko. On August 2013 the European Party of Ukraine has regional branches in 20 regions of Ukraine, Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Kyiv (Vinnitsa, Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Transcarpathian, Zaporizhzhya, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Luhansk, Lviv, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Poltava, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khmelnytsky, Cherkasy, Chernihiv).

The ideology of the Party[edit]

The party adheres to the basic principles of social liberalism, according to that the state should intervene into economic processes to fight monopoly and maintain a competitive market environment. The society should have legitimate reasons if the income does not meet the contribution of a person to the common good, to withdraw some of this income through taxes and redistribute it for social needs. Improving the living conditions of the poorest strata of society will contribute to the growth of the internal market and economic growth.

Goals and priorities of the Party[edit]

  • Integration of Ukraine into Europe as a single territory without internal borders and barriers with free flow of work force and financial resources.
  • Approximation of Ukraine’s living standards to European ones by implementing systemic reforms.
  • Support of the course of the European Union as an institution founded on fundamental liberal principles of freedom, democracy and rule of law.
  • Environmental protection and use of alternative sources of energy.
  • Conducting educational campaigns and legislative initiatives aimed at preventing gender discrimination.
  • Organization of educational events for young people to make them aware of the history of creation and the basics of activity of the EU institutions, ideas of the leading liberal ideologues and thinkers, as well as the peculiarities of the European integration of Ukraine.

European vector of activity[edit]

  1. Support to signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
  2. Simplification of the visa regime for citizens of Ukraine with the EU.
  3. Promotion of European integration of Ukraine.
  4. Adaptation of European experience in different areas of social and political life in Ukraine.

European Youth Movement[edit]

The Ukrainian Youth NGO «European Youth Movement» as a youth wing of the European Party of Ukraine was created in 2009. The European Youth Movement has offices in 19 regions of the country and has a purpose to develop young force of Ukraine for which human rights and freedoms and the democratic European vector of development of Ukraine have the highest priority.[28][29]

International Cooperation[edit]

The European Party of Ukraine in May 2013 became a full member (with voting rights) of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party – an international union of liberal parties of Europe that includes 50 parties from different countries.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ a b c d (Ukrainian) Політична партія "Європейська партія України", Database ACD
  3. ^ Two Deputies Of Kiev Council Create Faction Of Katerynchuk Bloc, Kyiv Post (November 27, 2008)
  4. ^ KYIV ELECTION COMMISSION PUBLISHES FINAL RESULTS OF ELECTRONIC CALCULATION OF VOTES ON ELECTIONS TO KYIV CITY COUNCIL, Interfax-Ukraine (May 28, 2008)
  5. ^ European Party gives its support to Tymoshenko in presidential race, Interfax-Ukraine (December 4, 2009)
  6. ^ (Ukrainian) Results of the elections, preliminary data, on interactive maps by Ukrayinska Pravda (November 8, 2010)
  7. ^ Official website news 13 October 2008
  8. ^ Ukrainian Opposition Parties Mull Possible Coordination, Alliances, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (August 29, 2011)
  9. ^ (Ukrainian) Соціально-християнська партія вирішила приєднатися до об'єднаної опозиції, Den (newspaper) (24 April 2012)
  10. ^ Opposition to form single list to participate in parliamentary elections, Kyiv Post (2 March 2012)
    (Ukrainian) "ФРОНТ ЗМІН" ІДЕ В РАДУ З "БАТЬКІВЩИНОЮ", Ukrayinska Pravda (7 April 2012)
    Yatseniuk wants to meet with Tymoshenko to discuss reunion of opposition, Kyiv Post (7 April 2012)
  11. ^ (Ukrainian) Tymoshenko and Yatsenyuk united ("Тимошенко та Яценюк об'єдналися"), Ukrayinska Pravda (23 April 2012)
  12. ^ Civil Position party joins Ukraine's united opposition, Kyiv Post (20 June 2012)
  13. ^ Ukrainian opposition parties agree to form single list for 2012 elections, Kyiv Post (23 January 2012)
  14. ^ Oppositon to form single list to participate in parliamentary elections, Kyiv Post (2 March 2012)
  15. ^ They Call Themselves the Opposition, The Ukrainian Week (31 August 2012)
  16. ^ Mykola Katerynchuk is running for MP in the 13th majoritarian district, Parties official website (21 August 2012)
  17. ^ (Ukrainian) Список депутатів нової Верховнcї Ради, Ukrayinska Pravda (11 November 2012)
  18. ^ a b CEC results
  19. ^ (Ukrainian) Candidates, RBC Ukraine
  20. ^ Party of Regions gets 185 seats in Ukrainian parliament, Batkivschyna 101 - CEC, Interfax-Ukraine (12 November 2012)
  21. ^ Sobolev: Front for Change and Reform and Order Party to join Batkivschyna, Interfax-Ukraine (11 June 2013)
    Front for Change, Reforms and Order to dissolve for merger with Batkivshchyna - Sobolev, Ukrinform (11 June 2013)
  22. ^ (Ukrainian) Європейська партія Катеринчука не поспішає в обійми "Батьківщини" European Party Katerinchuka not rushing into the arms of "Fatherland", Gazeta. ua (15 June 2013)
    Batkivschyna demands Hrytsenko resign as MP, Interfax-Ukraine (18 June 2013)
  23. ^ Gorlivka Europeans won in the local elections before Communists and Regionals
  24. ^ GfK quiz
  25. ^ Local elections in Kyiv should be held in 2015, according to Constitutional Court, Interfax-Ukraine (30 may 2013)
    Ukraine court ruling on Kiev mayor election ‘pro-government’, Euronews (31 may 2013)
  26. ^ Rada passes at first reading instruction to schedule Kyiv mayoral election for June 2, Kyiv Post (21 March 2013)
  27. ^ Opposition wants election in Kyiv on July 16, Ukrinform (9 May 2013)
  28. ^ European Youth Movement
  29. ^ European Youth Movement - blog
  30. ^ Member of European Parliament: Ukraine needs another Orange Revolution

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