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EU Parliament endorses commencement of accession talks for Ukraine

EU Parliament endorses commencement of accession talks for Ukraine European Parliament President Roberta Metzola (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament publicly supported the start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union, the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metzola, said during a press conference on Ukraine's European integration.

The decision to support negotiations with Ukraine was announced by the Conference of Presidents, which unites the leadership of the European Parliament and all political groups.

Today, the Conference of Presidents held a meeting with the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk.

"Ukraine is making impressive efforts (to carry out reforms - ed.). And the conference of presidents of the European Parliament confirmed today that Ukraine has demonstrated a solid basis for opening accession negotiations," Metzola says.

The President of the European Parliament emphasized that the process of the country's accession to the EU is not only the transfer of European laws and regulations into national legislation but that this process requires transformations in the country's society.

In its communique, the Conference of Presidents noted that it believes that Ukraine will continue to ambitiously implement all necessary reforms to complete the implementation of the European Commission's recommendations in order to open accession negotiations as soon as possible.

Leaders of political groups emphasized that they see Ukraine's future accession to the EU as a "geostrategic investment in a united and strong Europe."

Negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU

The European Commission recently published a report on the progress of Ukraine and other candidate countries on the way to joining the European Union.

In particular, the office decided to recommend starting accession negotiations with Ukraine, but with the condition of implementing the reforms specified in the report.

In order to open negotiations, the consent of all the leaders of the countries of the bloc is required. They can discuss this issue at the summit, which will be held on December 14-15.

At the same time, Hungary has already openly opposed the start of accession negotiations with Ukraine. Budapest does not want our country to become a member of the EU until the end of the war with Russia.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that the decision to start negotiations with Ukraine on joining the European Union is motivational.