European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen made a shock go to to Kyiv, the second journey to Ukraine because the begin of Russia’s invasion, to debate Ukraine’s bid to hitch the EU with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“The discussions at present will allow us to finalise our evaluation by the tip of subsequent week,” Von der Leyen advised Zelenskyy in Kyiv.
The European Fee is anticipated to publish its opinion on Ukraine’s candidate standing subsequent Friday (17 June), which leaves EU leaders roughly per week to check the doc earlier than they’re to resolve on the matter at an important EU summit on 23-24 June.
Shortly after Russia’s invasion, Zelenskyy has began pushing for Ukraine’s speedy admission into the EU, however EU officers and leaders within the bloc warning that, even with candidacy standing, precise EU membership may take years.
Excessive-ranking Ukrainian officers have been touring Europe’s capitals in latest weeks in a concerted diplomatic push in the direction of the EU to grant their nation candidate standing, insisting they’re ready to fulfil the EU’s entry necessities.
Von der Leyen, who earlier championed Ukraine’s bid, saying there’s no query that the nation belongs in “the European household”, showing alongside Zelensky for a short declaration to reporters, didn’t make any guarantees.
“You’ve got finished so much in strengthening the rule of regulation, however there nonetheless have to be reforms applied, to battle corruption for instance or to modernise this well-functioning administration, to assist appeal to traders,” she stated.
As a substitute, Von der Leyen centered on the longer term reconstruction of the nation after the tip of the struggle, which she stated “ought to be a course of that’s totally owned by Ukraine”, with the EU standing by to assist and to contribute to a roadmap “to assist Ukraine in pursuing its European path”.
Zelenskyy, in the meantime, appeared to ramp up the stress, describing the upcoming EU summit as “historic” and its consequence as “the logical determination” to assist the candidate standing for Ukraine.
Von der Leyen’s go to to Kyiv has raised excessive hopes in Ukraine, an Ukrainian official advised EURACTIV after the talks.
There are expectations that Ukraine’s EU candidacy standing can be accepted by the EU leaders summit on June 23-24, although with appreciable situations connected.
A number of EU nations, together with Portugal, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, are reluctant to offer their nod and Germany has not set out its place.
Some have considerations with Ukraine’s drawback with corruption documented earlier than the struggle, and the truth that different Western Balkan nations resembling North Macedonia and Albania have been within the ready room for too lengthy.