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Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine fulfilled all EU recommendations and waiting for negotiations

Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine fulfilled all EU recommendations and waiting for negotiations Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal (Photo: RBC-Ukraine, Vitalii Nosach)

Ukraine is implementing all the recommendations of the European Commission at the government level necessary to start negotiations on EU accession, according to Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal.

He announced the adoption of the state target program "Unity in Diversity," aimed at creating conditions for realizing the rights and opportunities of national minorities and indigenous peoples.

According to the Prime Minister, after the approval of the program, it can be said that Ukraine will fully complete the implementation of the seven recommendations of the European Commission at the government level.

What has been achieved during this time?

  1. The reform of the Constitutional Court has started, and Ukraine is in constant consultation with the Venice Commission.
  2. The High Council of Justice and the High Qualifications Commission of Judges have been rebooted.
  3. The institutional capacity and independence of anti-corruption bodies are being strengthened. One of the recent examples is the government's draft law on increasing the autonomy of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office (SAP). New heads of NABU and SAP have been selected through open competitions. The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has noted significant progress in Ukraine's anti-corruption efforts.
  4. The Cabinet of Ministers has worked on a regulatory framework to combat money laundering in line with FATF standards.
  5. Ukraine has implemented the recommendations of the Venice Commission regarding implementing the anti-oligarchic law.
  6. Legislation on media and advertising is in operation. Subsidiary acts have been developed in accordance with the new law on national minorities.
  7. In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers conducted a self-screening exercise, analyzing 28,000 EU law acts for their implementation into Ukraine's legal framework.

"We expect that in October, Ukraine will receive a positive assessment within the Report on the Enlargement Package of the European Union. Then there will be a vote in the European Council, which will open the way for negotiations on our country's accession to the EU," Shmyhal added.

Ukraine's EU accession

In 2022, Ukraine was granted candidate status for EU accession. Therefore, our country must fulfill several conditions to become a full-fledged member of the bloc.

At the end of June, Ukraine had fulfilled two out of seven conditions necessary to start negotiations. Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna is confident that talks on EU accession will start this year.

Furthermore, Bloomberg stated that the European Commission will recommend the start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU in October.