Contrary to a recent Ukrainian announcement, the EU is yet to make the final decision to hold the Feb. 3 Ukraine-EU Summit in Kyiv – as opposed to Brussels – German broadcaster DW reported on Jan. 4.
According to an unnamed EU official, it is still unclear where exactly the Ukraine-EU summit will take place, it could be either Kyiv or Brussels.
On Jan. 2, after a phone conversation between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the president’s office said that the upcoming Ukraine-EU summit will take place in Kyiv.
On Dec. 22, the press secretary of the head of the European Council, Charles Michel Barend Leyts, said that the Ukraine-EU summit would take place in Brussels on Feb. 3, 2023.
The European Council asked the European Commission to report on the fulfillment of the conditions listed by the candidate countries – including Ukraine – regarding their membership applications, and promised to decide on further steps “as soon as all these conditions are fully met.”
On Dec. 1, German Foreign Minister for Climate and Europe Anna Lührmann said that Ukraine had made great progress in carrying out the reforms required for accession to the EU, so negotiations on this issue can begin in near future.
On Dec. 15, Zelenskyy, speaking at a meeting of the European Council, urged the EU to move to the next step of Ukraine’s accession talks and to expedite the process.