Ukraine starts the process for EU membership

Ukraine starts the process for EU membership on 17-04-2022, a moment that will be remembered in history.

Ukraine has started the process for EU membership by completing the questionnaire which will form a starting point for the European Union, Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office, said.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen handed the questionnaire to Zelensky during her visit to Kyiv on April 8th, pledging a speedier start to Ukraine’s bid to become a member of the EU following Russia’s invasion of the country.

“Today, I can say that the document has been completed by the Ukrainian side,” Zhovkva told the Ukrainian public broadcaster on Sunday evening.

Ukraine starts the process for EU membership

The European Commission will need to issue a recommendation on Ukraine’s compliance with the necessary membership criteria, he added.

“We expect the recommendation … to be positive, and then the ball will be on the side of the EU member states.”

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Zhovkva added that Ukraine expects to acquire the status of a candidate country for EU accession in June during a scheduled meeting of the European Council meeting.

The European Council is to meet on June 23-24th, according to the European Council’s schedule on its website.

“Next, we will need to start accession talks and once we hold those talks, we can already talk about Ukraine’s full membership in the EU,” Zhovkva said.

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