Von der Leyen assures Zelensky that he will make a decision “next week” on Ukraine’s candidacy for the European Union


The President of the European Commission has traveled to the capital of Ukraine, where she will meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky

Von der Leyen during his last visit to Kyiv.
Von der Leyen during his last visit to Ukraine.epfrem lukatskyap photo
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President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenannounced this Saturday that he has traveled to Kyiv, where he has met with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr ZelenskyA few days ago the Community Executive published its evaluation of Ukraine’s application to become a candidate country to join the European Union.

There he has promised Zelensky an answer “next week” to Ukraine’s ambitions to apply for EU membership. “We want to support Ukraine in its European journey,” von der Leyen said at a brief news conference after his meeting with the Ukrainian president, while fighting continues in the country’s east.

“Today’s talks will allow us to finalize our assessment by the end of next week,” he said, stressing that the Ukrainian authorities have done “a lot” to get the candidacy, but “there is still a lot to do.” rest”, especially in Fight against corruption.

The president of the European Commission plans to hold new talks with the Ukrainian prime minister, Denis Chmaygal, his second visit to Kyiv since the start of the war, as the previous one took place on 8 April.

“I am back in Kyiv (…) we will take stock of the joint work needed for reconstruction and the progress Ukraine has made on the road to Europe,” she announced to journalists who visited her early on Saturday . ,

The European Commission plans to present its assessment report this month Ukrainian request to become a candidate country enter the European Union, A process that could take years and in this case has been reduced to just a few months since Kyiv submitted the request a few days after the start of the Russian invasion.

Following that report, it is the European Council (EU’s heads of state and government) that must unanimously agree to grant candidate status to this country, a possibility to which some member states are reluctant.

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