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.