On May 19, the US-UA Caucus held a meeting with David Dreier, a long-time friend of Ukraine, a member of the Republican party, who served as a member of the US House of Representatives for over 30 years. He was also the Chairman of the Committee on Rules for 8 years. Mr Vovk, MP, Mr Galasiuk, MP, and Mr Gusak, MP were present at the meeting. The representatives of the National Democratic Institute also attended the event.
Mr Dreier is the founder of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), a bipartisan, twenty-member commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with partner countries around the world, including Ukraine to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions.
The conversation was frank and open. Crucial issues have been raised, including the real progress of economic reforms, fight against corruption, necessary financial, diplomatic and military-political support of Ukraine, as well real politics of the President of Ukraine and the ruling majority, and the state of democracy in Ukraine.
Parliamentary Group of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Inter-Parliamentary Relations with the United States of America
(U.S. Caucus of the Parliament of Ukraine)
The United States and Ukraine have a long history of bilateral parliamentary relationships. The first U.S. Caucus of the Parliament of Ukraine was formed in mid-1990s and since then both countries have been demonstrating mutual commitment to strengthening this relationship.
The current U.S. Caucus of the Parliament of Ukraine consists of over 140 Members of Parliament (see members) who represent different factions and groups and is co-chaired by Members of Parliament of Ukraine Viktor Halasiuk (Radical Party of Ukraine) and Viktor Chumak (non-affiliated).
The main goal of the U.S. Caucus of the Parliament of Ukraine is to further the strong U.S.-Ukraine ties, advance mutual political dialogue, reinforce existing economic ties, open new business cooperation opportunities and support Ukraine's integration into the Euro-Atlantic community while following the principles of the rule of law, democracy and market-oriented economy.