The expected date for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union is 2029.
This was stated by Natalia Forsyuk, Director General of the Government Office for the Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, during a telethon on Thursday, June 23, Ukrinform reports.
“Before, it is unlikely because of the huge amount of legislation that needs to be adopted and implemented. We must live by European laws,” she said.
At the same time, Forsyuk clarified that the opening of negotiation procedures for Ukraine’s membership in the EU is expected at the beginning of next year.
According to the Director General, the acquisition by Ukraine of the status of a candidate member European Union legally consolidates the European perspective and opens access to structural funds.
“Only EU candidate countries have access to these funds, the money is provided on preferential terms almost free of charge… The status of a candidate will strengthen Ukraine’s position in peace negotiations,” Forsyuk stressed.
As reported, the heads of state and government of the European Union on Thursday decided to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for joining the EU.