Ukraine's EU Agreement Calls for them to Compensate Poles, Including Lviv Real Estate...
Medvedchuk: for EU residents of Lviv will have to return the property to the Poles after the ratification of the Association Agreement with the EU, Ukraine should respect the principles of the EU, and therefore, it is necessary to develop a legal and legitimate way to obtain compensation, including real estate.
The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU can have unexpected consequences for the inhabitants of Western Ukraine, the leader of Ukrainian public movement "Ukrainian choice" Viktor Medvedchuk. In the Polish city of Lublin established the organization, which will deal with the return of property or compensation for the Poles who lived in western Ukraine, or their heirs.
After the ratification of the agreement, Ukraine will have to respect the principles of the EU, and therefore, it is necessary to develop a legal and legitimate way to pay a compensation, including real estate. The leader of the "Ukrainian choice" notes that "most of the restitution may be affected Lviv residents, settled in the historic center of the city after" Soviet occupation.
"He recalls that in 1938, on the eve of the inclusion of Lvov in the Soviet Union, 63.5% of the population were Poles, and only 7.8% - Ukrainians. "So that the results of European integration Ukrainians may soon feel the. And above all - Lvov, who may have serious problems with the elite housing "- concludes Medvedchuk.
The Association Agreement with the European Union , Ukraine signed in Brussels on 27 June last year (both were signed similar agreements with Moldova and Georgia - Ed.). Most part of the agreement entered into force on 1 November, except for the section on creating a free trade area, which will take effect from 1 January 2016. The Association provides for the deepening of economic relations between Ukraine and the EU, harmonization in the field of law and the establishment of a free trade zone.
The full document will come into force if, after ratification by the national parliaments of EU member states concur. According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, it may take from one to three years longer.