Von der Leyen guarantees response ‘by finish of subsequent week’ on Ukraine’s EU ambitions
European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, on a shock go to to Kyiv on Saturday, promised a response “subsequent week” to Ukraine’s ambitions to use for EU membership.
“We need to assist Ukraine in its European journey,” von der Leyen stated at a brief press convention following her assembly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as combating continued within the east with Russian troopers who invaded the nation on 24 February.
“The discussions immediately will allow us to finalise the evaluation by the top of subsequent week,” she added, stressing that the Ukrainian authorities had “performed quite a bit” in direction of a candidacy, however that there was “nonetheless quite a bit to be performed”, particularly within the battle towards corruption.
The top of the European Fee additionally met Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Chmygal throughout this go to to Kyiv, her second because the begin of the conflict, the earlier one having taken place on 8 April.
“I’m again in Kyiv (…) We’ll take inventory of the joint work wanted for reconstruction and the progress made by Ukraine on the highway to Europe,” she advised journalists accompanying her on the go to earlier on Saturday.
Ukraine is demanding a concrete “authorized dedication” by the top of June from the Europeans to acquire official candidate standing for entry into the European Union, however the 27 international locations are nonetheless very divided on the difficulty at this stage.
Whereas many international locations, primarily in Jap Europe, assist Ukraine’s membership, some, such because the Netherlands and Denmark, but additionally Germany and France, which holds the EU presidency till the top of June, are extra reserved.
And even when Ukraine is granted “candidate standing”, this can launch a means of negotiations and potential reforms that would take years, even a long time, earlier than it’s on the verge of becoming a member of the EU. A number of EU states have thus dampened Kyiv’s hopes for an “accelerated” course of.
Throughout her earlier go to on 8 April, Ursula von der Leyen assured that Ukraine had a “European future”.