Start accession negotiations with Ukraine now

2023-01-30 | Ukraine

The upcoming summit between the EU and Ukraine on Friday should set out a clear pathway for the start of accession negotiations with Kyiv as soon as possible this year.

“The EU has granted candidate status to Ukraine, but that is not enough. We need to make the next step forward and open accession negotiations as soon as possible in Spring 2023. This will help Ukraine to ultimately defeat Putin, who started a brutal war of aggression in order to steal the European perspective from Ukraine. Sending the message to the struggling Ukrainians that their path to EU membership will take decades is not acceptable”, stresses Rasa Juknevičienė MEP, EPP Group Vice-Chair responsible for Foreign Affairs.

For the EPP Group, the ultimate goal is to grant EU membership to Ukraine before the end of this decade – providing all necessary reforms are implemented in Ukraine.