Kiev, Oct 25 (IANS) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that the launch of the talks on accession to the European Union this year is a top priority for his country, the presidential press service reported.
“For Ukraine, this is a top priority — to be ready for a political decision to start negotiations on EU membership this year,” Zelensky said while participating in a meeting of the College of the European Commission via a video link on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.
Currently, Ukraine is implementing seven recommendations of the European Commission as quickly as possible to enable a political decision to pave the way for the membership negotiations, Zelensky said.
In particular, Ukraine is implementing reform of constitutional justice and strengthening anti-corruption efforts, he noted.
For her part, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, who also participated in the meeting, voiced her support for Ukraine’s accession to the EU.
In June 2022, EU leaders accepted Ukraine as a candidate for membership in the bloc.