Ukraine’s progress on path to EU could be gauged at Ukraine-EU summit – Stefanchuk

6 January, 05:32 PM
Ruslan Stefanchuk (Photo:Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine)

Ruslan Stefanchuk (Photo:Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine)

The Ukraine-EU summit scheduled for Feb. 3 could show how well Kyiv is meeting European Commission recommendations needed to start negotiations on Ukraine joining the European Union, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk said on Ukrainian national television on Jan. 6.

“I think that at this summit there could already be assessments of progress on implementation, because there seems to be such an agreement,” Stefanchuk said, adding that the summit will be held in Kyiv.

“Therefore, we will expect a fair, honest, balanced assessment of our efforts from the European Union.”

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Stefanchuk also said he hoped that the presidency of Sweden and Spain of the EU Council in 2023 will contribute to Ukraine’s full membership of the European Union.

In the summer of 2022, EU leaders supported granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidate members of the bloc. At that time, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that this was a historic moment in relations between Ukraine and the European Union.

Press secretary of the President of the European Council, Barend Leits, announced on Dec. 22 that the next Ukraine-EU summit would be held on Feb. 3, 2023 in Brussels. On Jan. 2, the Office of the President of Ukraine said that the event would be held in Kyiv.

But later Germany’s DW news broadcaster, citing an unnamed EU official, said that the location of the summit had yet to be decided.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that during the event discussions would not only focus on the country’s accession to the bloc.

In particular, another important item on the agenda is the peace formula proposed by Ukraine, he said.

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