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27 June 2023, 15:05

Dmytro Kuleba — the opening of the negotiations with the EU is achievable by the end of the year

The Committee on Ukraine’s integration into the EU held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba. Committee members and deputies from other committees discussed with the minister the processes of European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, challenges and joint work.

‘We all closely monitor and support all initiatives related to European integration. We are glad to have received a verbal assessment from the European Commission,’ said the Chair of the Committee on Ukraine’s Integration into the EU Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. She noted that the members of the Committee are working at the bilateral and interparliamentary level to ensure the maximum support of Ukraine on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs assured that the work on Ukraine's fulfilment of the seven requirements, which accompanied granting candidate status to Ukraine, is ongoing. ‘Currently, the goal of opening negotiations by the end of the year is quite achievable. The process is moving forward. If there are no force majeure events, we will achieve this goal. There is nothing unattainable about the assessment that was recently given. There is work for the Parliament and the Government here. Everyone is determined to fulfil the task to the best possible expend,’ said Dmytro Kuleba.

He noted that Ukraine is moving in sync with Moldova in this process. But Georgia, in his opinion, does not meet the conditions necessary for the transition to the next stage of the European integration.

As for future challenges, the integration of the agricultural market of Ukraine into the EU may become a significant difficulty. ‘We need to think hard now about how we will solve this problem. How the agricultural market of Ukraine will enter the market of the European Union. It will be a very complicated process, which at some stage will require non-standard solutions from the EU,’ Dmytro Kuleba said.

He also emphasised that Ukraine continues to work with partners to close loopholes in sanctions against Russia.