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Zelenskyy sets task for Verkhovna Rada on laws for EU accession

Zelenskyy sets task for Verkhovna Rada on laws for EU accession President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has tasked the Verkhovna Rada with drafting laws for Ukraine's accession to the European Union, according to his video address.

"In the coming months, Ukraine needs to achieve several very specific results. One of them is our strategic political goal - starting membership negotiations with the European Union," he stated.

Zelenskyy reminded that Ukraine has seven defined recommendations from the European Commission.

"We've already implemented some of them. For the others, it requires effective work from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Timely work that we have agreed upon with the European Commission," he stated.

The President emphasized that voting on laws for EU accession will be of fundamental importance.

"The law on the restoration of electronic declaration, amendments to the law on national minorities, and particularly, I would draw attention to the 'politically exposed persons' law - each of these laws is of fundamental importance. The voting on these laws will be of fundamental importance. People will see who is worth what," he said.

Zelenskyy called on the Members of Parliament not to delay the voting.

"And I call on the Members of Parliament of Ukraine not to postpone these decisions, not to let down Ukraine, and to support our European integration," he added.

Ukraine's accession to the EU

Last year, Ukraine obtained candidate status for accession to the European Union. Now, Kyiv must fulfill a series of conditions to become a full-fledged member of the bloc.

As of the end of June, Ukraine has met two out of the seven conditions required to initiate negotiations.

At the same time, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olga Stefanishyna, is confident that accession negotiations with the EU will begin this year.