Ukraine’s deputy ministers for European integration held a meeting on Tuesday and were tasked with developing a plan to implement the European Commission’s recommendations in its latest enlargement report.
The meeting of relevant deputy ministers, which was chaired by Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, was attended by representatives of the European Commission and the EU delegation to Ukraine.
Stefanishyna reiterated that Ukraine has completed the process of self-screening of legislation, i.e. checking its compliance with EU law. The self-screening identified about 3,000 acts that Kyiv needs to implement in its legislation.
Following the meeting, Stefanishyna instructed the deputy ministers to prepare an action plan on the list of reforms to be implemented in response to the European Commission’s report on enlargement.
The government insists on Ukraine’s ability to complete EU accession negotiations within two years, but it is important to understand that this two-year period has not yet begun.
In a report published on 8 November, the European Commission recommended that Kyiv start accession talks with the EU, but before that, Ukraine should implement some of the reforms that have not yet been implemented. The Ukrainian government says that Ukraine is highly prepared for accession and promises to complete the negotiations in two years.
The EU leaders’ summit in December will consider whether to start accession talks with Ukraine. At the moment, the green light may be hindered by Hungary, which promises to block a positive decision for Kyiv.