Ukraine will join the European Union no earlier than 2029 – Cabinet of Ministers (video)

It is procedurally impossible to obtain EU membership before this time, since Ukraine has to adopt and implement a large number of laws.

Director General of the Government Office for the Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Natalya Forsyuk on the air of the national telethon answered to the question about the likely timing of Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. According to her, it is procedurally impossible to obtain EU member status until 2029, since Ukraine needs to implement a huge number of legislative initiatives.

According to Forsyuk, the process of joining the EU can take decades, so the estimated seven years required to fulfill the conditions for membership is a good indicator.

“Before, it is unlikely due to the huge amount of legislation that needs to be adopted and implemented. We must fully live according to European laws, and in all areas of our life we ​​must comply with this. And this cannot happen within one year,” she said. she is.

The Director emphasized that there are no special obstacles to joining the EU in Ukraine, but there is a bureaucratic procedure, which in itself is quite lengthy.

Forsyuk also said that the start of negotiations on Ukraine’s membership in the EU is scheduled for 2023. At the same time, the status of a candidate for membership provides the country with access to European funds.

“These are financial instruments that are available only for candidate countries and are not available for other countries. They are provided on more favorable terms and practically free of charge,” Forsyuk said.

As a reminder, on 23 June the European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting granting Ukraine candidate status for EU membership. The resolution was supported by 529 MEPs out of 588 present.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba noted that a big role in granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for joining the European Union played by French President Emmanuel Macron. According to him, this issue was just approved during the presidency of the French European Parliament.

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