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Ukraine to implement all of European Commission’s recommendations before December meeting – Zelenskyy

27 November, 2023 Monday
21:30
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On November 27, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen ahead of the December European Council meeting

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Zelenskyy wrote this on his Telegram channel.

"We discussed Ukraine's progress in implementing the recommendations of the European Commission to start negotiations on accession to the EU. I assure that Ukraine will implement all the recommendations by the December meeting of the European Council, including those related to the rights of national minorities and strengthening anti-corruption institutions," Zelenskyy wrote.

According to the Ukrainian President’s Office, Zelenskyy thanked her for the positive assessment of Ukraine's implementation of the European Commission's recommendations. He also informed about the draft laws adopted in the first reading, which are aimed at further strengthening the anti-corruption infrastructure.

In addition, Zelenskyy said that the best signal of the EU's continued support for Ukraine would be the approval of a multi-year assistance program worth EUR 50 billion. And the decision to start negotiations on Ukraine's membership in the EU, he added, “will be a powerful motivation for Ukrainians who have been fighting for their freedom and common democratic values for almost two years.”

Ukraine's accession to the EU

Kyiv applied for EU membership on February 28, 2022, at the start of Russia’s full-scale war on Ukraine.

On June 23, 2022, Ukraine was granted candidate status for EU membership.

In May, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Ukraine should be ready to join the EU in two years – the country expects to receive a political decision to start accession negotiations this year.

During a speech in parliament on Constitution Day, President Zelenskyy proposed five points of the Ukrainian Doctrine for discussion.

According to Espreso's sources, the European Parliament is considering the possibility of starting negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU this fall.

However, on August 17, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna said that Ukraine would not be able to implement all 7 EU recommendations by October, as these are changes that have been implemented over the years.

The next day, Maria Mezentseva, Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine's Integration with the EU, noted that it is necessary to wait for the October report of the European Commission on the implementation of 7 EU recommendations by Ukraine.

On August 28, European Council President Charles Michel said that the European Union should be ready to accept new member states by 2030. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, expressed support for setting a tentative time frame for new members to join the EU.

On September 8, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said that negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU should begin by the end of this year. According to him, clear European perspective will inspire Ukrainians on the battlefield.

On September 21, the head of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction, Davyd Arakhamia, said that the Ukrainian parliament has passed 99.9% of what is needed to start negotiations on EU membership.

Media reports suggested that Ukraine would receive a recommendation to start negotiations on November 8. And on December 14-15, the EU summit will decide whether to start membership talks with Ukraine.

On October 26, Stefanishyna expressed confidence that Ukraine would be able to reach a good political decision on joining the EU in December. On October 28, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to EU leaders, calling for unity in the decision to start negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU. On October 31, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba assured that Ukraine would start negotiations on joining the EU this year, barring force majeure. And on November 4, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine was not asking for "concessions" on its way to EU membership.

As of early November, the European Commission considered four of the seven criteria for granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership to be fully met.

On November 8, the European Commission released a report documenting Ukraine's progress and recommending that the process of negotiating Ukraine's accession to the EU begin.
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