Ukraine Completed 60% of EU Accession Tasks

by Olha Povaliaieva
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Ukraine Completed 60% of EU Accession Tasks

The government of the country is making every effort to start negotiations on association with the EU in 2023-24

On July 3, Oleksandr Kornienko, deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, shared details of the government's work on meeting commitments to join the EU.

On July 1, the parliament, the president, and the prime minister signed a resolution that declares EU accession as a strategic goal. According to Kornienko, it is essential to be united and stick to the set goals.

"We will move in one direction because these are 3 subjects of legislative initiative, they have the right to introduce laws. Therefore, it is important that everyone moves in the same direction – Ukraine's accession to the EU," Oleksandr Kornienko.

Now the government is working on a constitutional reform that will reform the field of judging, which is one of the EU conditions for Ukraine's membership.

"A draft law has been prepared for the second reading, which regulates the activities of the Constitutional court. This is a special body that operates according to the Constitution but does not have regulations. And here, the question of trust in the highest court of the country arises. Therefore, legislators will work to ensure that it works honestly, transparently, and its decision does not raise questions from society," Kornienko.

According to the deputy chairman of the parliament, Ukraine has already fulfilled its obligations by 60%, and 40% are ready for implementation at the state level.

"Yesterday, the parliament adopted important bills relating to the field of intellectual property – a new edition on copyright in Ukraine, which is very important since this is the embodiment of the European approach; a new edition of accounting; laws on statistics and the like," shared Alexander Kornienko.

The path to European integration is not easy. Still, the government of the state distributed its tasks in such a way that negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU began already in 2023.

"For this, a lot of work is needed, and the Verkhovna Rada is ready to work. We will intensify our work in the area of ​​implementation of the Eurodirectives to quickly adopt laws that will bring us closer to joining the EU," Alexander Kornienko.

Kornienko noted that each of the departments of Ukraine has a clear understanding of the common goal and specific fields of responsibility. This unity is one of the reasons for the rapid adoption of the Istanbul Convention.

"Ukraine is the most open country in this regard. Discussion as a democracy cannot go anywhere from Ukraine. This is our sign, our feature, the value for which the guys and the whole country are now fighting," the vice-speaker of the parliament summed up.

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