EU Opens Negotiations on Ukraine’s Accession

by Roman Cheplyk
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
EU Opens Negotiations on Ukraine’s Accession

On June 25, the first Intergovernmental Conference between Ukraine and the European Union took place in Luxembourg, marking the commencement of formal negotiations on Ukraine’s membership in the EU

This significant event was announced on the Government portal.

Key Participants

  • Ukrainian Delegation: Led by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olga Stefanishyna, who serves as the chief negotiator.
  • EU Representatives: Various high-ranking officials from the European Union.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal addressed the conference participants via video link, emphasizing Ukraine's commitment and readiness for the challenging journey towards EU membership.

Statements and Commitments

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal: "There is still a lot of work ahead on the way to accession. We are ready for it. We have demonstrated that we can move quickly and achieve the impossible. Today's event clearly demonstrates this."

Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna: In her opening statement, Stefanishyna highlighted Ukraine's perspective on the EU accession process as a critical tool for transformation and alignment with EU standards. She underscored Ukraine's commitment to fully adapting EU legislation and developing effective administrative and judicial structures to ensure its comprehensive implementation.

Stefanishyna stated, "Ukraine views the EU accession process as a tool for transformation and adaptation to the standards required of all EU members, as well as for increasing the overall efficiency and competitiveness of both the EU and Ukraine at the international level."

Significance of the Conference

This Intergovernmental Conference marks a pivotal moment in Ukraine's journey towards EU membership. It signifies the EU's recognition of Ukraine's efforts and commitment to aligning with European standards and values. The negotiations will involve detailed discussions on various aspects of EU legislation and the necessary reforms Ukraine must undertake to meet the criteria for membership.

The beginning of these negotiations is seen as a crucial step towards deeper integration of Ukraine into the European community, reflecting the shared values and aspirations of both parties for a stable, prosperous, and unified Europe.

Next Steps

The negotiations will cover a wide range of topics, including political reforms, economic integration, judicial reforms, and alignment with EU policies and regulations. Both sides have expressed readiness to work diligently to ensure that Ukraine meets all the necessary requirements for EU membership.

The commitment demonstrated by Ukraine at this conference highlights the country's determination to pursue its European path, reinforcing its position within the European framework and enhancing its role on the international stage.


The opening of negotiations for Ukraine's accession to the EU marks a historic milestone, showcasing Ukraine's dedication to European integration and the EU's support for Ukraine's aspirations. This process will not only foster closer ties between Ukraine and the EU but also contribute to the overall stability and prosperity of the European continent.

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