Zelensky signs a decree on preparations for negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU. Photo
On November 8, President Volodymyr Zelensky met with the EU Ambassador to Ukraine Katarína Mathernová. As a result, the Ukrainian leader signed a decree "On some measures to prepare for the negotiation process on Ukraine's accession to the European Union."
The President's Office announced the fateful event. The document is intended to ensure the implementation of the strategic course towards full membership in the EU.
"By this decree, we will coordinate the creation of conditions for effective political interaction and improvement of coordination of government agencies in order to start the negotiation process on Ukraine's accession to the European Union as soon as possible," the President said.
Mathernová, for her part, handed Zelensky a report from the European Commission on Ukraine's progress in the 2023 enlargement package. This is the first time that the European Commission has assessed reforms in Ukraine as a candidate country for the EU's enlargement package.
"As you said, you are implementing reforms primarily for yourself, and this is a long process that is ongoing, but this step has already been taken. There will be other steps, but at this moment I am personally very pleased to hand you this report," she told the Ukrainian guarantor.
"I want to emphasize that we have common values with all Europeans and European countries. We are fighting for them. And this conclusion of the European Commission is one of the most important stages of our future victory. We are grateful to all the leaders who support us. We believe that we will continue this success in December," Zelensky replied to the EU representative in Kyiv.
As a reminder, today the European Commission has also recommended starting negotiations on Ukraine's membership in the European Union. The process is expected to be launched at the end of March 2024. There will be no accelerated accession procedure, and our country will need to ensure development in some areas.
"Our country should be in the European Union. Ukrainians deserve it for their defense of European values and for the fact that even during a full-scale war we keep our word by developing state institutions. We are making all the necessary decisions," Zelensky said in response to the decision of his European colleagues.
As OBOZ.UA previously reported, Ursula von der Leyen argues that the European Union should continue to make diplomatic efforts to ensure the widest possible support for President Zelensky's Peace Formula. Ukraine needs a sustainable and lasting peace, not a new "frozen conflict."