Von der Leyen in Kyiv: Ukraine EU accession is well on track
September 16, 2022

Von der Leyen in Kyiv: Ukraine EU accession is well on track


The process of Ukraine’s accession to the European Union is “well on track”, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on her third visit to Kyiv on 15 September.

“It is impressive to see the speed, the determination, the preciseness with which you are progressing. And as you know, we support you wherever we can,” said von der Leyen.

At a joint press conference with the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of the European Commission said they had discussed Ukraine’s seamless access to the European Single Market.

In addition to Ukraine’s accession to the EU electricity grid, she mentioned the need for permanent free roaming for Ukraine and getting rid of barriers to trade: “At the moment being, we have 98% of tariffs that are no longer on goods. That is good. But there are many non-tariff barriers that we can take away and on which our experts will work.”

Von der Leyen also confirmed the EU’s willingness to allocate an additional €100 million to support schools affected by the war. “I know that 70 schools immediately need reconstruction, the repair work to be done. There are 70,000 children that can go to school,” said the President.

Von der Leyen also said that on 25 October Berlin will host a Reconstruction Congress where experts from all over the world will discuss the best approach for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

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