EU initiates Ukraine's accession screening, pledges long-term support
The European Union has begun screening Ukrainian legislation as part of the accession talks, announced Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, on Wednesday.
Addressing the European Parliament, von der Leyen commended the EU's decision to integrate Ukraine and lauded Kyiv for its democratic reforms.
She highlighted Ukraine's recent legislative strides in expanding national minority rights, reforming the judicial system, and ensuring checks and balances on governmental power. "In preparation for the accession talks, we're initiating the screening process and assembling the negotiation framework," von der Leyen stated.
She emphasized the European Council's commitment to support Ukraine for the long haul, underscoring the need for the EU to reinforce this decision with adequate funding. The EU Council, in December, set the stage for the bloc's expansion, initiating accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova.
Nearly two years ago, Russia commenced its "special military operation" in Ukraine, aiming to "demilitarize" and "denazify" the country. The West has condemned this as aggression, providing Kyiv with humanitarian, economic, and military support.