Negotiation procedures that will relate to Ukraine’s accession to the EU may begin as early as 2023.
Ukraine can count on EU membership no earlier than 2029.
This was stated during the telethon by the Director General of the Government Office for the Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Natalia Forsyuk.
She stressed that a large amount of legislation needs to be adopted and implemented.
“Before, it is unlikely. Because of the huge amount of legislation that needs to be adopted and implemented. We must live according to European laws,” she said.
Already at the beginning of next year, negotiation procedures may begin, which will relate to Ukraine’s accession to the EU.
Candidate status legally secures a European perspective and opens access to structural funds.
“Only EU candidate countries have access to these funds, the money is provided on preferential terms, almost free of charge,” Forsyuk added.
She also stressed that the candidate’s status would strengthen Ukraine’s position in the peace negotiations.
Candidate status for EU membership for Ukraine
As UNIAN reported earlier, on February 28, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union.
17 June European Commission recommended The European Council to provide Ukraine with a European perspective and the status of a candidate for joining the European Union.
Thursday 23 June European Council granted Ukraine candidate status for membership in the European Union. Moldova also received this status.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet explained what gives the status of an EU candidate for Ukraine. In particular, it officially launches the process of acquiring membership in the European Union by Ukraine, opens for Ukraine participation in the programs and initiatives of the European Union. He will also begin conditions for bringing the standard of living, welfare and legal protection of Ukrainians closer, as in other EU countries, and so on.