Věra Jourová, vice-president of the European Commission, arrived in Kyiv today, she announced it on social networks. She should discuss the fight against corruption with the Ukrainian representatives. The European Commission recommended starting accession negotiations with Ukraine at the beginning of November. According to her, however, it is necessary for the country, which has been resisting Russian military aggression for more than a year, to continue its reform efforts. The proposal of the EU executive will still have to be unanimously approved by the presidents and prime ministers of all EU countries at their December summit.
“I’m glad I could come to Kyiv,” she wrote Jourová spoke in Ukrainian on the X social network. She subsequently added in English that she will discuss with the Ukrainians precisely all initiatives related to the future enlargement of the EU. “We will support them as long as it takes,” she added.
The EU granted Ukraine candidate country status four months after the Russian invasion. For the start of accession negotiations, the EU set seven conditions, among which are the reform of the judiciary or the reduction of corruption. So far, Kyiv has not fulfilled all of them, so it must continue with the reforms, as it emerged from the recently published evaluation report. The next review of the reforms should come in March 2024.