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Ukraine to quickly implement EC recommendations on candidate status – Klimkin

Former Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin shares the view that Ukraine can quickly implement the recommendations of the European Commission on the status of an EU candidate. At the same time, he emphasizes the importance of sustainable progress, rather than individual indicative steps.

According to Ukrinform, Klimkin said this in a interview to Ukrainian radio.

“I also believe that we can fulfill them (recommendations of the European Commission – ed.) quite quickly. But there are difficult things related to the reform of the law enforcement system, with further improvement of the judiciary … It’s not a question if we will achieve them in two weeks sooner or later. For the European Commission, which will check, our sustainable progress is important,” the diplomat said.

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He predicted that European partners would help Ukraine build a judicial system and propose relevant projects.

“The main question is that the process should be permanent. So that there are no just demonstrative steps, but that all achievements remain with us, become part of our life and the future of Europe. I’m sure it can be done in months. Then <...> we will be able to talk about the start of full-scale negotiations on joining the EU,” Klimkin said.

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As reported, Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna said on June 22 that Ukraine expects to implement the recommendations of the European Commission on the status of an EU candidate by the end of the year.

On June 17, the European Commission published its opinion on the applications for accession to the EU of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia and made a recommendation to grant candidate status to the first two. The EU Council at the summit on June 23-24 should consider this issue and make a final decision.

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