On 16 May 2012 in Brussels Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov met with European Parliament President Martin Schulz.
The parties had a constructive discussion on a wide range of issues of Ukraine-EU relations. The meeting focused on internal developments in Ukraine. Prime Minister Azarov and President Schulz exchanged views on ongoing process of reforms and touched upon a number of issues related to the case of Y.Tymoshenko.
According to President Schulz, he proposed to send additional medical experts from the European Parliament to provide treatment of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Y.Tymoshenko. He also proposed to send a European and internationally well-respected person to monitor the second trial of Yulia Tymoshenko.
The Head of the Ukrainian Government during the press conference confirmed he had agreed with the proposals. He noticed that it was in Ukraine’s interest that representatives of the European Union could receive evidence that the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko is fair and transparent. “We are interested in letting EU representatives make sure that the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko is transparent and absolutely unbiased. So we will agree with representatives of the European Parliament on candidacies of such experts and on forms of their participation in the process”, he said. Mr Azarov underlined at the same time that their participation has to respect Ukrainian legislation.
European Parliament President said the reached agreement was a step forward in building mutual trust between Ukraine and the European Union.