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25 October 2023, 13:32

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze called on MEPs to work on the transfer of Russian frozen assets for the reconstruction of Ukraine

The Chair of the Committee on Ukraine’s Integration into the EU met with the delegation of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), headed by Chairman Udo Bullmann.

She thanked her European colleagues for the visit to Ukraine. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stated that the priority tasks for Ukraine are victory in the war and the transformation of the state in the frame of its reconstruction. She expressed her hope that with the help of her European colleagues, it would be possible to overcome Hungary's blocking of military aid to Ukraine, which has already impeded the provision of 500 million euros from the European Peace Fund to Ukraine. According to the Chair of the Committee, this aid is extremely important for Ukraine, because it is intended for the Defence Forces, and accordingly, for the protection of every Ukrainian. “Russia is now preparing for winter attacks on Ukraine. Our energy infrastructure is weaker than last year. A hard winter is ahead, so we count on your support,” said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. She also emphasised the importance of the Ukraine facility — the EU's financial tool, which provides for financing up to 50 billion euros over four years to support Ukraine. Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze also noted that the real needs of Ukraine for recovery are much greater. She called on MEPs to work on directing Russian frozen funds to the reconstruction of Ukraine.

The Chair of the Committee expressed hope that by the end of this year, Ukraine will be able to start negotiations on joining the EU. She noted that the European Commission's interim assessment of Ukraine's fulfilment of the seven conditions accompanying the granting of candidate status was extremely important. The assessment made it possible to mobilise and complete the necessary tasks. “We understand that it is not time to relax. We must work very hard with European capitals to ensure that after receiving a positive opinion from the European Commission, a political decision will be made to open negotiations on Ukraine's membership in the EU,” said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

She also called on MEPs to monitor closely the observance of democratic rights and freedoms in Ukraine, so that the gains that have already been made are not lost during the martial law.