EC President von der Leyen to visit Kyiv

14 September, 02:39 PM
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (Photo:Yves Herman/Reuters)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (Photo:Yves Herman/Reuters)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is to visit the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv again on Sept. 14.

During her annual address in the European Parliament, von der Leyen said she plans to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss Kyiv’s participation in the EU Single Market.

“We will empower Ukraine to make the most of its potential,” she tweeted after the speech.

“Building on the success of the solidarity lanes to ensuring seamless access to the Single Market. Bringing Ukraine into our European free roaming area. I am going to Kyiv today to discuss all this with President Zelenskyy.”

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Von der Leyen also listed the steps and plans for further rapprochement between Ukraine and the EU.

Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska was present during Von der Leyen’s speech in Strasbourg.

It is not yet reported when exactly Von der Leyen will arrive in Kyiv.

This will be her third visit to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The first time, Von der Leyen came to Ukraine together with EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell, on April 8. It was then that she handed over a questionnaire to Zelenskyy on Ukraine’s meeting the Copenhagen criteria for becoming an EU member candidate.

She visited Ukraine for the second time on June 11 to summarize the joint work needed for reconstruction and to review the progress made by Ukraine on its European path.

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