The European Commission president said EU membership was “internal” in Ukraine, but called on Kyiv to push for anti-corruption reforms.
“You have created an impressive anti-corruption machine,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told parliament. Ukraine Via the online form today. “But now the anti-corruption agencies need to come together and appoint the right people to senior positions.”
The EU and its member states strongly support Ukraine’s conflict with Russia and support Ukraine’s mission to “reunite with the European family,” she said. However, she stressed the need to push through reforms introduced since the 2014 protests to combat corruption and oligarchic control of the economy.
“A new head of the prosecutor’s office dedicated to anti-corruption and a new head of Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Service should be appointed as soon as possible,” she said.
The EU official called on the Ukrainian parliament to pass legislation that meets European Commission standards to improve the process by which the Constitutional Court selects independent judges.
Five days after Russia launched its military campaign in late February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed off on an application to join the European Union.EU leaders to decide on June 23 Grant Candidate Status for Ukraine.
President Zelensky praised this as “a unique and historic moment in Ukraine’s relations with the EU, the beginning of a new history in Europe”, adding that “the future of Ukraine is in the EU” and that “Europe is not divided”.
However, the negotiation process could take years or even decades to fully assess before Ukraine becomes a member of the EU. The EU has laid out a series of steps for Kyiv, including strengthening the rule of law and fighting corruption, before it can move on to the next phase, including accession talks.
Xuanle (follow guardian, AFP)