Ukraine has already carried out a significant part of the work on the implementation of the recommendations of the European Commission regarding granting the status of a candidate country for EU membership and expects to implement all seven recommendations by the end of this year.
Deputy Head of the Office of the President Igor Zhovkva said this at a briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Ukraine is working to achieve its goal of joining the EU. Let me remind you that more than a month has passed since the decision to grant Ukraine candidate status. And over this month, Ukraine has already done a significant part of the work on the implementation of the seven recommendations of the European Commission… The task of Ukraine is to fully implement all seven recommendations by the end of this year,” Zhovkva said.
He recalled that the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office had already been appointed, a competition commission had been set up to select members of the High Council of Justice, a decision of the National Security and Defense Council on the creation of a register of oligarchs had been put into effect by a decree of the President of Ukraine, work had been completed on a bill on media in accordance with EU directives, a bill on national minorities.
According to Zhovkva, all these requirements were included in the recommendations of the European Commission and today the work continues.
At the same time, as he stressed, the implementation of these recommendations is not the only condition that will bring Ukraine closer to EU membership. We are talking about the implementation of EU directives in the legislation of Ukraine, the implementation of EU regulations in the field of economy and, in general, the introduction of the European way of life in all areas.
“On July 28, during a speech in the Verkhovna Rada, the President of Ukraine said that European integration today is turning from a foreign policy task into an internal policy. That is, every authority, every institution should work on the need to fulfill the criteria for EU membership,” Zhovkva stressed. .
So, according to him, the Parliament should intensify efforts to implement the EU directives into the legislation of Ukraine, which was adopted by the relevant resolution of the Verkhovna Rada, according to which each adopted bill will be carefully considered for compliance with the criteria of European law, and each committee of the Verkhovna Rada will take part in this planning the corresponding bill.
Accordingly, Zhovkva noted, the institutional capabilities of the government should also be strengthened, and specialists should be trained.
In addition, work is underway to create a European College on the basis of the Presidential University, which was recently announced by the President of Ukraine.
“Work continues with higher education institutions to open first a European integration faculty on the basis of one of the Ukrainian universities so that it later turns into a full-fledged European college,” Zhovkva said.
Separately, he noted that the President, members of the government, representatives of the Office of the President do not stop communicating with the EU Member States and the European Commission.
Regarding sectoral integration into the EU, Zhovkva recalled that Ukraine had gained access to the convention on joint transit procedures and the convention on the facilitation of formalities for trade in goods.
“Work also continues on the so-called industrial visa-free agreement, an agreement on conformity and evaluation of products, evaluation missions are being completed, and we hope that at the end of the year we will begin negotiations on actually joining this agreement,” Zhovkva said.
As Ukrinform reported, on June 23, the heads of state and government of the European Union decided to grant Ukraine the status of an EU candidate country. This status is granted without conditions, however, some recommendations of the European Commission must be implemented.