Ukraine's EU path: European Commission to recommend membership talks in October
In October, the European Commission is preparing to recommend the start of negotiations with Ukraine on EU membership: European leaders will discuss possible intermediate conditions in December
Bloomberg reported this with reference to sources.
It is noted that despite this, the European Commission will insist on making progress in some priority areas, in particular in the fight against corruption, on interim steps.
"Once the commission makes its recommendation, EU leaders would have to sign off on it, most likely at their summit meeting in December. After that, Ukraine would embark on the lengthy procedure to complete reforms and align itself with EU legislation in more than 30 areas, including the rule of law and the economy," the newspaper writes.
It is stated that a representative of the Commission refused to comment on this recommendation.
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, said Ukraine's conflict with neighboring states over grain will not be an obstacle on its way to the European Union.