Ukraine completes questionnaire for EU membership —official

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is seen on a screen participating remotely in a global event titled “Stand Up For Ukraine” together with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Polish President Andrzej Duda, at the Palace on the Isle in Royal Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland, April 9, 2022. (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)

Ukraine has completed a questionnaire that will serve as a starting point for the European Union to decide on Kiev’s accession, said Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of the office of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen handed the questionnaire to Zelenskiy during her visit to Kiev on April 8, calling for a quicker start to Ukraine’s candidacy to become a member of the EU following the Russian invasion of the country.

“Today I can say that the document has been completed on the Ukrainian side,” Zhovkva told the Ukrainian public broadcaster on Sunday evening.

The European Commission will have to issue a recommendation on Ukraine’s compliance with the necessary membership criteria, he added.

“We expect the recommendation … to be positive, and then the ball will be on the side of the EU member states.”

Zhovkva added that Ukraine plans to acquire EU candidate country status in June at a scheduled meeting of the European Council.

The European Council will meet from 23 to 24 June, according to the Council program on its website.

“After that, we will have to start accession talks. And once we hold those talks, we can already talk about Ukraine’s full EU membership, “said Zhovkva.

—Reporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Stephen Coates