European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reaffirmed the European Union’s support for Ukraine during her recent visit to the country. This comes amid concerns that the Israel-Hamas conflict is diverting attention away from the ongoing war in Ukraine. Von der Leyen hinted at the possibility of opening accession negotiations with Ukraine in the EU’s upcoming report card, which is set to be released on November 8.
However, Ukraine must meet seven conditions, including implementing judicial reforms and tackling corruption, in order to initiate accession talks. Mykhailo Zhernakov, head of the board of the Dejure Foundation, acknowledged that progress has been made in judicial reform but stressed the need for international recognition to motivate further reforms.
But there are also concerns regarding potential resistance from the 27 EU member countries, as well as the impact that Ukraine’s accession could have on existing members. Enlargement decisions require the unanimous agreement of all member states. Despite these concerns, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna expressed optimism about the country’s future accession during a joint press conference with von der Leyen.
Von der Leyen’s visit aimed to remind Kyiv that the EU remains dedicated to supporting Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. It served as a reassurance that Ukraine is not being overshadowed by the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. President Zelenskyy expressed confidence in the continued international support for Ukraine, despite the risks of the war turning into a frozen conflict.
Security is a crucial aspect of the accession process, particularly for Ukraine. If Ukraine were to become an EU member, providing security for the country would be of utmost importance. Overall, Von der Leyen’s visit underscores the EU’s commitment to Ukraine and its willingness to support the country’s path towards EU membership.
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