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Ukraine in the European Union – Shmyhal commented on obtaining candidate status – UNIAN

Denys Shmygal stressed that this status gives Ukraine wider access to EU programs and funds.

Denis Shmyhal / photo UNIAN

Obtaining Candidate Status for EU membership confirms the success of the implementation of reforms and Ukraine’s significant progress towards European standards.

This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Telegram.

“Ukrainians, with their heroism and devotion to democratic values, definitely deserve to be in the circle of a large European family. Ukraine has overcome a long path of transformation into a European country with a free market economy, developed democracy and respect for human rights and freedoms. Obtaining the status of a candidate indicates the success of the implementation of reforms and significant progress in approaching European standards. We have already begun integration into the EU internal market. We have signed aviation and energy “visa-free” visas, are close to the conclusion of customs, industrial and digital ones,” the head of government said.

According to him, the candidate status is an important signal for all Ukrainians that our common future is the European Union, and the process of joining the EU will become an integral part of the path of Ukraine’s recovery.

In addition, as Shmyhal noted, this status gives Ukraine wider access to EU programs and funds, as well as to attracting new investments, since business will now consider Ukraine as a potential EU member and a promising platform for startups.

“Further accession of our country to the EU will provide benefits for all parties. Ukraine can guarantee European food security, help accelerate the green transition and reduce energy dependence on Russia, make a significant contribution to the economic development and digitalization of Europe,” the prime minister said.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, on February 28, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union.

Today, 23 June, the European Council decided to granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for accession to the European Union.

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