Key messages by Olga Stefanishyna during the 2nd EU Accession Exchange Forum
3 October 2023, 19:00


We bring to your attention the key messages of Olga Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine during the 2nd EU Accession Exchange Forum:

  • Сompleting 7 steps doesnt mean the end of the reforms process and the end of the transformation. This is the ongoing process.
  • Based on the progress we have managed to show on all seven recommendations and commitment to reforms agenda generally has left no room for discussion whether the assessment would be positive and Ukraine has not delivered something that would not make it possible to open the accession talks. So, opening the accession talks is not the case where Ukraine still has to deliver something. There is an understanding that the accession talks might be opened for Ukraine. Generally we have a consensus of all member states on that.
  • 2030 is the date for EU enlargement and it concerns not only Ukraine, but also all the other countries which are currently in the accession process, not excluding that some of them might do it earlier.
  • Ukraines preparedness for the membership could be ensured into two years. We are already significantly integrated into single market. Ukraine is the part of policy`s making process in Europe.
  • Ukraine has capacity to run the country throughout the war and make it not only functional but developing.

Video recording of the Forum is available here.

The EU Accession Exchange Forum is organized by the New Europe Center in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, the International Renaissance Foundation, the Institute for European Policies and Reforms, the Soros Foundation in Georgia and the Center for Liberal Modernity, Germany. European Pravda became Forum media partner. The Accession Exchange Forum is taking place with EU support, within the EU-funded “European Renaissance of Ukraine” project implemented by the International Renaissance Foundation.

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