Ukraine A Step Closer To Becoming A Member Of The European Union
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Ukraine A Step Closer To Becoming A Member Of The European Union

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Should Ukraine gain acceptance into the European Union, it could be the precursor to becoming a full-fledged member of NATO

By: Ana Pisonero – Hernandez
UE Spokesperson
+32 2 295 43 20
ana.pisonero-hernandez@ec.europa.eu

For many years, the aspiration to belong to the European Union has been an essential priority for Ukraine, its governments, and its citizens.

While losing control over part of its territory and suffering human and economic losses because of the conflict in the eastern part of the country, Ukraine continued throughout the years as a resilient democracy moving closer to the European Union and gradually aligning with the acquis.

Ukraine received questionnaires on 8 April 2022 on the political and economic criteria and on 13 April on the EU acquis chapters and provided its replies on 17 April and 9 May, respectively.

Overall, regarding the political criteria, Ukraine is well advanced in reaching the stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and respect for and protection of minorities.

Ukraine has continued its solid macro-economic record concerning the economic criteria, demonstrating a remarkable resilience with macroeconomic and financial stability ensured after Russia’s invasion in February 2022.

As regards the capacity to fulfill the obligations of membership, Ukraine has worked since 2016 on the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

Timeline / key dates On 28 February 2022, five days after Russia launched its full-scale unprovoked and unjustified aggression, Ukraine presented its application for membership in the European Union.

For today’s full press release please contact Ana Pisonero – Hernandez

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