Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has assured the European Union that his country will implement further reforms. Ukraine hopes to receive positive advice from the European Commission on Wednesday to start negotiations on EU membership. In December, the 27 EU leaders will decide at the European summit whether they agree with the advice, after which the country can actually start negotiations.
Zelensky said in his daily video message that Ukraine is working on drafting new laws and strengthening government authorities to introduce EU standards in the country.
On Saturday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen indicated that Ukraine almost meets the conditions for the next step towards EU membership. The country has already completed “much more than 90 percent” of the necessary work, von der Leyen said during a visit to Kyiv. According to her, only the fight against corruption and the rights of minorities still require some extra effort, but ‘you can achieve it, and quickly too’.
Membership means a lot to Ukraine. According to Zelensky, it would mean ‘economic security and social stability’. Ukraine has already received billions in aid from the EU during the Russian invasion.