Kyiv completes two key steps for European integration — European Commissioner

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Kyiv has completed two of the four steps necessary for Ukraine’s European integration, citing European Commission documents, the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, said, Radio Svoboda reported on March 12.

A meeting of the College of the European Commission on March 12 is expected to discuss the interim assessment of reforms’ implementation by Ukraine and Moldova in their journey toward the EU, Radio Svoboda said.

Várhelyi is expected to address the recommendations from the European Commission’s written report, which Ukraine was expected to implement.

These recommendations include:

• Increasing the staff of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU)

• Ensuring sufficient powers of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP)

• Adoption of the law on lobbying as part of the anti-oligarchic action plan,

• Taking into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission in the field of legislation on national minorities, state language, media, and education.

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“Olivér Várhelyi, according to the draft of his report, will propose to consider two out of four steps completed: namely, increasing the number of NABU employees to one thousand people and further expanding the staff every year, as well as lifting the restrictions on the powers of the NACP,” the publication said.

The step related to lobbying legislation will not be considered completed according to the draft of his report.

Ukraine has just ticked off the last of the European Commission’s four recommendations to kick-start membership negotiation talks with the EU, stated Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Olha Stefanishyna, on March 11.

The European Commission suggested kick-starting membership talks with Ukraine and Moldova on Nov. 8, 2023.

At a summit on Dec. 14, during which 26 EU member states approved starting Ukraine’s EU accession negotiations, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán left the hall during the vote.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeatedly stated that fulfilling the EU’s conditions for starting negotiations is a priority for Ukraine.

Ukraine could join the European Union by 2030, said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.

Read also: Ukraine finalizes key steps for EU membership negotiation framework

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