Ukraine’s EU membership may take seven years – Cabinet of Ministers

This was stated on the air of the national telethon by the director general of the government office for coordinating European integration Natalia Forsyuk.

She sees no obstacles for Ukraine’s membership in the EU, but explained that the procedure will be lengthy, in particular, it is necessary to follow the recommendations on the conclusion of the European Commission. According to her, according to all the conditions of Ukraine, progress – they need to be fulfilled, and not start something anew.

After that, the EU countries should support the opening of negotiations with Ukraine (according to Forsyuk’s forecast, this may happen in early 2023), and Kyiv should implement the EU legislation, which is also a lengthy procedure.

“I think there is no chance of joining the EU in 2023. This is impossible procedurally, not because Ukraine will not be able to cope… According to the analysis, seven years is very good. I think that we need to proceed from this … Before this time, it is very unlikely due to the large amount of legislation that we need not only to adopt, but also to implement in our daily life, that is, we must fully live according to the laws of Europe – economically, politically , forensic. This cannot happen in a year,” she explained.

She also noted that the status of a candidate for the EU is not a promise, but a legal consolidation of the European future, subject to the implementation of bureaucratic procedures, Ukraine will become a full member of the European Union.

In addition, Forsyuk noted, the status gives access to EU structural funds – financial instruments available only to candidate countries. According to her, these are not only loans, but also assistance on more favorable terms.


  • February 28, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union.
  • 1 March European Parliament by overwhelming majority approved the resolutionrecommending that EU member states work towards granting Ukraine candidate status for EU membership.
  • June 17 The European Commission recommended The European Council to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate member of the European Union. A list of Ukraine’s next steps on the way to the EU was also published.
  • 23 June European Parliament adopted a resolution calling to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of a candidate member of the European Union without delay. The MEPs also supported the European perspective for Georgia.

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