Ukraine Prepares to Kiev-2003: the Destiny of Danube Reserve is Not Decided
The session of Ukraine Government, which was supposed to decide the destiny
of the navigation channel and Danube reserve, is postponed. Probably, it
will be held after the conference of European ministers "Environment for
Europe", which is to be held in Kiev 21-23th May.
All the sessions of the Government during April weren't concluded by any
definite decision. Most likely, the authorities didn't want to make such
disreputable decision as ruining of most valuable national reserve on the
eye of such important international meeting.
But if someone from the authorities of Ukraine, especially the Transport
Ministry, expects, that after the summit in Kiev the channel can be
constructed without barrier, they are mistaken.
Since the beginning of May the campaign "a letter to the minister" has
begun. The citizens of the different countries write the letters to the
European ministers and to Margot Wallstrom, the European commissioner
environment on. They ask the ministers to open on the conference in Kiev the
question about preservation of integrity of the Danube reserve.
Already in the first day of the campaign tens of letters were received from
Germany, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Great Britain, India, Poland, Belgium,
Malta, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and other countries. In the letters, in
particular, is told " In conditions of political expansion of the
all-European space it is necessary to use any opportunity to keep last rests
of a natural heritage ".
It is known, that official Kiev devotes close attention to "the European
choice". However, if the authority of Ukraine has a show of respectability
on the "high level", on the local level baiting of the reserve goes on.
Poison-pen letters, improbable accusations contrived by "Delta Lotsman" and
their apprentices, endless revisions, and even brutal force are used against
It is not a secret, that such encounters occur with knowledge and connivance
of the Ukrainian high officials, which for some reason feel absolutely
omnipotent and unpunishable. But one of attributes of the "European choice"
on the contrary is accountability of the officials and authorities to the
community. Therefore the first step towards Europe should become reformation
and "reeducation" of the ministries and departments of Ukraine, in
particular, the Transport Ministry.
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