European Commission supports start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to EU, says PM Shmyhal

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The European Commission supported the start of negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced on X on June 7.

The country has implemented all four additional reforms and continues to work on joining the bloc, the Commission's conclusion says.

"Now we expect our European partners to take the next step - to start negotiations on ЕU membership this month," he added.

The European Commission also gave a positive assessment to the ambassadors-permanent representatives of the EU member states on Ukraine's fulfillment of the requirements necessary to start negotiations on joining the bloc, news agency Interfax-Ukraine reported, citing a senior European diplomat.

"As expected, the Commission has confirmed that both Ukraine and Moldova have fully completed all the steps necessary to start negotiations," he said.

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The commission informed the ambassadors of its assessment, said the diplomat. He also clarified that this will be followed by discussions with member states, and did not rule out that Hungary could oppose the decision to start negotiations because of the unresolved issue of national minorities.

The Financial Times reported earlier that the European Commission will recommend starting EU accession talks with Ukraine this month to demonstrate support for the country before Budapest takes over the rotating presidency of the bloc.

Ukraine's accession to the EU

Ukraine has implemented 65-70% of the Association Agreement with the EU, Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal said in a TV interview with Bloomberg in September 2022. At a press conference in Brussels, he added: "We have an ambition in the near future, by the end of this year or the beginning of next year, to move into the negotiation procedures that precede the actual granting of EU membership."

Shmyhal said in May 2023 that Ukraine should be ready to join the EU in two years.

The European Commission recommended starting negotiations on Ukraine and Moldova's accession to the EU on Nov. 8, 2023. The European Council supported the start of negotiations on Ukraine's EU membership with 26 votes on Dec. 14.

Ukraine could join the European Union in 2030, European Council President Charles Michel said previously.

Shmyhal said on March 20, 2024, that negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the European Union should begin by the end of June this year.

EU Ambassador to Ukraine Katarína Mathernová said on April 25 that the country is ready to start negotiations on EU accession and expects them to begin in late June.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on April 30 that Ukraine could start negotiations on joining the European Union as early as June.

Brussels officials are also pushing to start official talks on Ukraine's accession to the EU this month, Politico cited sources as saying on May 21.

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