Kyiv handed over to the EU the last part of the questionnaire for joining the union
Ukraine has submitted the second part of the questionnaire for EU accession. It includes about 2,000 questions and concerns the implementation of EU legal norms in Ukraine. Zelensky handed over the first part of the questionnaire on April 18
Ukraine handed over to the European Union the second part of the questionnaire, which had to be completed in order to apply for EU membership, said Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna in interview with ZN.UA.
“The questionnaire should be transferred to the European Union today through official channels,”— said Stefanishina.
The questionnaire includes almost 370 questions on 40 pages and consists of two parts. The questions of the first part concern the political and economic system of Ukraine, namely the independence of the judiciary, the fight against corruption and respect for human rights, as well as the business climate, the level of privatization and the degree of state intervention in the economy. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky handed over the answers to the first part to Matti Maasikas, head of the EU Delegation in Kyiv, on April 18.
The second part of the questionnaire includes about 2,000 questions on 240 pages and deals with what legal norms and rules of European legislation are in force in Ukraine. In particular, we are talking about the rules regarding the freedom of movement of goods, taxation systems, environmental issues and climate change.
On May 9, Zelensky showed the completed second part of the questionnaire during a video conference with the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. “Thank you for the clear signals of support on this important journey for us,” wrote the President in Telegram.
Ukraine applied for EU membership on 28 February. The head of the European Commission announced the EU plans to consider Ukraine's application for membership in the union this summer and carry out the procedure in an accelerated mode. On May 1, Stefanyshina said that Kyiv expects to receive the status of an EU candidate by June 2022.
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In March, Reuters reported that there was no consensus in the European Union on a possible membership of Ukraine. At the same time, eight EU countries— Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia— supported the idea of accelerated accession of Ukraine to the union.
Then the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that there was no accelerated process of joining the European Union. Croatian Minister Andrej Plenković noted that “no one entered the European Union overnight.”
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed doubt that it was possible to open the EU accession procedure for the country , “at war”. Later, he said that the process of accepting Ukraine into the union could take several decades. Then he proposed the creation of a new “European political community”, which would include Ukraine.
The Kremlin said that the European Union is not a military-political bloc, unlike NATO, so the question of Ukraine's membership in the EU ” ;lies in another plane. Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev expressed doubt that Kyiv will join the European Union without NATO membership. “There is one hitch: the experience of recent years with Montenegro and Macedonia shows that entry into the EU takes place only through NATO,” — Medvedev believes.
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