Deputy Head of the Office of the President Igor Zhovkva said that Ukraine’s accession to the European Union involves a certain procedure, and it is not yet possible to name a specific date
He said this on the air of a nationwide telethon, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“We are going step by step. There is a procedure for any country to join the European Union, but we are not the first to join the EU,” Zhovkva said.
According to him, at the current stage, Ukraine has submitted two parts of the questionnaire to obtain the status of a candidate for EU membership.
“The government has done a worthy job. The President of Ukraine has handed over the second significant part… Now it’s the turn of the European Commission. They need time. We set deadlines until the end of May and say: ‘We work quickly and ask you to work quickly.’ meeting of the European Council, which we expect in June, and then we will talk, because negotiations will begin further, and now no one will be able to say on what day, month or year this will happen, because we have not even started negotiations yet,” emphasized the deputy head of the OP.
According to him, today not a single state opposes the European integration of Ukraine. Moreover, on May 9, Bundestag President Berbel Bass expressed her hope that the process of Ukraine’s accession to the EU would not last a decade, and German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said that Germany insisted on Ukraine’s full membership in the EU.
“There is an absolutely positive trend here, so we will continue to strengthen it,” Zhovkva said.
As reported, on May 9, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that Ukraine had filled out the second part of the questionnaire to obtain candidate status for membership in the European Union.
On April 18, Zelensky handed over the completed first part of the questionnaire to the head of the European Union Delegation, Matti Maasikas. Earlier, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen personally handed it over to the Ukrainian side during her visit to Kyiv on April 8.
President Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union on February 28, 2022.