Ukraine fulfills all seven recommendations of EU given when granted membership candidacy – Shmyhal

6 March, 02:56 PM
Flags of Ukraine and the EU (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Flags of Ukraine and the EU (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Ukraine has fulfilled all seven recommendations the European Union gave the country on awarding it candidate status last June, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on March 6.

He said this demonstrates Ukraine’s determination to start negotiations on joining the union

“This demonstrates our determination in the matter of European integration and our aspirations to start negotiations on EU accession already this year,” Shmyhal said at a government meeting.

On Feb. 3 a Ukraine-EU summit was held in Kyiv – the first in which Ukraine took part as a candidate for joining the European Union.

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The day before, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Head of EU Diplomacy Josep Borrell and 15 European Commissioners arrived in Kyiv to participate in a joint government meeting with Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers. President of the European Council Charles Michel also came to the Ukrainian capital.

Earlier, Shmyhal said that Ukraine wants to join the EU within the next two years. According to Michel, this is realistic if there Ukraine has “strong political will” and determination to implement the necessary reforms.

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