The Ukrainian Centre for European Policy (UCEP) has initiated an appeal to the members of the German Bundestag, the French National Assembly, the House of Representatives of The Netherlands, the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament, the National Council of the Austrian Parliament, the Congress of Deputies of Spain, the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, the Hellenic Parliament, the National Assembly of Hungary to endorse Ukraine’s application for EU candidate status. The appeal was supported by 132 signatories – representatives of civil society, a scientific and cultural community in Ukraine and EU countries.
UCEP has been professionally monitoring Ukraine’s implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU since 2014, and can therefore acknowledge Ukraine’s significant progress in approximating national legislation to the EU acquis over the past six years. According to the UCEP’s monitoring report, as of the first half of 2021, the overall progress of Ukraine in the implementation of the commitments under the Association Agreement amounts to 49%. Ukraine has been a reliable and enthusiastic partner, which has invested extensive institutional and political capital in the implementation of the AA.
EU candidate status for Ukraine would send a strong political message to Ukrainian society while offering Ukraine access to EU technical assistance and structural funds to implement complex reforms.