The EU has finally settled on moving the upcoming Feb. 3 Ukraine-EU Summit from Brussels to Kyiv, Head of the Swedish Representation to the EU, Lars Danielsson, told German broadcaster DW on Jan. 9.
Stockholm intends to promote Kyiv's “strong desire” to move closer to EU membership – something that will be on the meeting’s agenda, according to Danielsson.
The diplomat also said that "Ukraine and (Russian) military aggression against Ukraine will dominate everything that Sweden will do during its (EU) presidency." According to him, Brussels has already done a lot to support Ukraine, “but more needs to be done so that the process of humanitarian, financial, and military support doesn’t stop.”
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 – as opposed to Brussels, as initially planned.
On June 23, 2022 EU member states supported granting Ukraine EU candidate status – something Zelenskyy said was a historic moment in the EU-Ukraine relations.
The European Council asked the European Commission to report on the fulfillment of the accession criteria 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.