EU membership: 'We are together now,' says Zelensky | War in Ukraine

EU membership: “We are together now,” says Zelensky | War in Ukraine

Ukraine officially applied for membership of the European Union five days after the start of the Russian invasion on February 24th.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that Ukraine and the European Union are starting a new chapter in their history, after his country's candidacy was accepted.

Now we are no longer close. Now we are together, launched Mr. Zelensky in front of the Ukrainian parliament, welcoming the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the relations of his country with the European Union.

It is a great honor and a great responsibility to work to achieve the aspirations of the country, he said, adding Ukraine is struggling to choose its values, to be in the European family.

Following her speech, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addressed Ukrainian leaders and parliamentarians via video. She underlined that Ukraine's membership was within their reach, while calling on them to accelerate anti-corruption reforms, and offered several specific advice on justice and the necessary reduction of corruption. influence of the oligarchs.

A flag of the European Union was installed at the seat of parliament, alongside the yellow and blue flag of Ukraine.

Mr. Zelensky, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal and Speaker of Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk signed a joint pledge symbolizing the unity of the three branches of power in their efforts to join the European Union.

Ukraine officially applied for membership of the European Union five days after the start of the Russian invasion on February 24. The 27 members of the Union accepted his candidacy on June 23.

But the process is likely to take several years, as the example of Turkey and from Balkan countries, in particular due to strict criteria concerning the rule of law and the economy of the candidate countries.

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