A movement towards NATO and the EU, new faces along with the proven allies, a complete rebranding of the party and the continuation of Poroshenko’s policy. All you should know about the “European Solidarity” party – in the section Elections from Opinion.

We have created this section so that you have the opportunity to make a conscious, objective, and most importantly – your own decision in the parliamentary elections this summer. Talking about each of the parties, we turn to the official sites and public sources. Emotions aside, we figure out program promises and the reality of their performance.

We have planned materials about 10 political parties, which, according to sociological companies, have the highest chances. To avoid manipulation, the order of the texts was alphabetized.

What’s in the program of the party this time?

The updated “Petro Poroshenko Bloc” is running for the Verkhovna Rada with a new title, but with the views that are quite familiar to voters that basically correspond to the policy of the “ES” leader Poroshenko.

– Ukraine’s future in NATO and the European Union;

– achieving peace by “strengthening international solidarity” and putting pressure on Russia;

placing the UN peacekeepers on the territory of the Russian-occupied Donbas;

– state support for the Ukrainians who were forced to leave the occupied territories;

– modernization of the army, reform of the armed forces and improvement of the military provision;

– the development of the military-industrial complex;

– strengthening the participation and control of citizens in the work of the government;

– expansion of the middle class;

– completion of decentralization and administrative reform;

gender equality in all spheres of the country’s life;

– fight against corruption;

– fight against offshore companies, changes in tax legislation regarding its implementation;

– depriving law enforcement agencies of the authority to intervene in economic activities and creating a “single financial security body”;

– increasing the number of jobs and wages, stimulating investments, education and innovations;

– integration of Ukraine into the EU energy and digital markets;

– replacement of the corporate income tax with the tax on the withdrawn capital;

– support for the development of small and medium-sized businesses, preservation of a single tax;

– increasing pensions and allowances to the poor;

– the state programs of youth support;

– implementation of medical reform.

Who is in the top ten of the party?

Petro Poroshenko – the leader of the party and the fifth president of Ukraine. An experienced politician, MP of 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th convocations, worked as the minister of foreign affairs (1998-2014) and trade (2012).

 

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Andrii Parubii – the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the eighth convocation, may become a people’s deputy for the fourth time. In 2014m, he served as the secretary of the NSDC. A participant of the Revolution of Dignity, the head of Maidan Self-Defense.

Screenshot: Analytical portal “Slovo i Dilo” (slovoidilo.ua)

Iryna Herashchenko – the first deputy chairwoman of the eighth convocation of the Verkhovna Rada, the commissioner for the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Her first appearance in the parliament was under the list of the “Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense” bloc, in 2012-2014 she worked in the “UDAR” party. Ms. Herashchenko entered the eighth convocation on the list of “Petro Poroshenko Bloc”. She was the president of the news agency “UNIAN” in the past. She worked as a press secretary of the people’s deputy, and later – of the president Viktor Yushchenko.

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Mykhailo Zabrodsky – a military lieutenant-general, the brigade commander of the 95th brigade, the commander of the airborne assault troops of the AFU and of the ATO forces. He was awarded the title “Hero of Ukraine”, the “Order of Bohdan Khmelnytsky III degree” and the “Order of Danylo Halytsky”.

 

Sofiia Fedyna – a singer, a TV presenter and a public figure, one of the leaders of Lviv Euromaidan in the Revolution of Dignity. A candidate of political sciences in international relations and diplomatic service.

 

Mustafa Dzhemilev – one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar national movement, a dissident, was a people’s deputy of Ukraine six times. During the presidency of Poroshenko, he served as the commissioner for the Crimean Tatar people. The first chairman of the Mejlis (1991-2013).

 

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Yana Zinkevych – a volunteer, a medical volunteer, the founder and the commander of the medical battalion “Hospitallers” that saved thousands of wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians since the first days of the war.

 

Akhtem Chiygoz – a Crimean Tatar politician, the deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people (since 2008), the chairman of the Bakhchisarai regional Mejlis.

 

Oleh Syniutka– a former chairman of the Lviv Regional State Administration (December 2014-June 2019). Prior to that, he was the first deputy mayor of Lviv, the director of the department of the economic policy of the Lviv City Council.

 

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Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze – the deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration in the government of Volodymyr Groysman.

 

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What is known about the “European Solidarity” party?

“ES” is, in fact, a rebranding of the party known to many as “Petro Poroshenko Bloc”. Officially, the political force changed its name on the eve of the current elections to the Verkhovna Rada – on May 24.

It all began in October 2001 from the creation of the party “Solidarity” headed by Mykhailo Antoniuk. In November of the same year, the new political force was headed by Petro Poroshenko.  As a result of the association of the party with the bloc “Our Ukraine”, six candidates from “Solidarity” got to the Verkhovna Rada.

In 2013, the registration certificate of “Solidarity” was annulled by a court decision, as the party has not participated in the elections for the last 10 years, as required by law.

The reincarnation of the party took place due to the renaming of the “National Alliance of Freedom and the Ukrainian Patriotism” to “All-Ukrainian Association “Solidarity”. In a while, a political force changed its name again, thus forming the “Petro Poroshenko Bloc”. During the parliamentary elections of 2014, the party changed its name again to “Petro Poroshenko Bloc “Solidarity”.

In August 2015, the PPB “Solidarity” and Klychko’s “UDAR” united into a single party for joint participation in the local elections. However, this time there was no renaming.

After the presidential elections and the appointment of early parliamentary elections, at the party congress on May 24, the delegates supported the idea of renaming the political force to “European Solidarity”. The ex-president Petro Poroshenko was elected as its leader.

What did the party promise in the previous elections?

“Living in a new way” was the main slogan of the “Petro Poroshenko Bloc” party in the early parliamentary elections in 2014. What did the presidential party promise five years ago?

– mechanisms of public, legal and political control over the actions of the authorities;

– power reset;

– decentralization;

– protection of the Ukrainian language;

– transparency of the media ownership structure;

– Ukraine’s membership in the European Union;

– new competitive economic model, free market economy;

– law enforcement reform;

– the Antimonopoly Committee as a key economic regulator;

– support for small and medium-sized businesses;

– anti-corruption lustration of judicial, law enforcement, tax and customs authorities;

– fight against corruption;

– return of the occupied Crimea and preservation of territorial integrity by political and diplomatic means;

– modernization and strengthening of the Armed Forces, strengthening the country’s defence potential.

What’s in the party’s treasury?

According to estimates of the civil movement CHESNO within the project “Gold of Parties”, the contributions to the budget of the party for 2018 constitute 133 715 353 UAH, while the costs slightly exceed this amount – 134 969 161 UAH.

Screenshot: Civil Movement CHESNO (chesno.org)

And the party spent most of all its means of paying salaries and taxes. Transport, property and communications are the second items of expenditure by volume. The campaign materials close the final “three”. You can read the detailed information about “Gold of Parties” on the website of the civil movement CHESNO.

Screenshot: Civil Movement CHESNO (chesno.org)

Is the party connected with any scandals?

It is obvious that the scandals around the leader of the party are projected onto the party itself. It happened as well after the investigation of the journalists of Denys Bihus’ team, who found the plunder in the defence industry, which was allegedly carried out by Poroshenko’s friends. It concerned the figure of the then deputy secretary of the NSDC Oleh Hladkovsky, who was considered a close person to the ex-president and appeared in the story. Petro Poroshenko himself liberated Hladkovsky and urged for the punishment of all those who are guilty of plunder in the defence complex.

In January, the father of the murdered Kherson activist and official Kateryna Handziuk Viktor Handziuk called “Fatherland” and “PPB” the parties of murderers, because, according to him, the organizer of the murder of Katia collaborated with the party member of “Fatherland” Vladyslav Manger and a member of the “PPB” Andrii Hordieyev. The situation was worsened by the unsuccessful communication of Poroshenko on this matter. Or rather, its complete absence. While activists repeatedly protested against the likely involved in the murder of Handziuk, the ex-President avoided meeting them, used back doors and ignored their attempts to start the dialogue. Eventually, Petro Poroshenko dismissed Andrii Hordieyev from a position of the chairman of the Kherson RSA only after the first round of the presidential elections.

Text by Dmytro Zhuravel

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