Like all Europeans, I was deeply disappointed at the decision by the Ukrainian government to suspend preparations for signing the Association Agreement with the EU. This Agreement reflects the desire of a substantial part of the Ukrainian people for a better future and their attachment to the shared values of the European Union such as democracy, respect for human rights, and economic and social cohesion.
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The opinion will set out civil society's perspective on the dual challenge which EU Member States face in dealing with recent waves of immigrants and at the same time fulfilling - or in some cases failing to fulfil - their duty in guaranteeing immigrants' human rights, be it in detention or whilst on high seas. This issue is particularly topical since the European Commission and European Court of Justice are coming increasingly under pressure to act against Member States that fail to meet EU rules.