The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, arrived in Kyiv. Today she will speak in the Verkhovna Rada, said Ukrainian MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak.
Ms. Leyen’s upcoming visit to Kyiv became known the day before, on November 3. Then a member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, Alexey Goncharenko, said that the head of the European Commission would arrive with “positive news for Ukraine.” Mr. Goncharenko suggested that her visit would give rise to negotiations on the country’s accession to the European Union.
However, a source from the Ukrainian publication Strana.ua denied the Ukrainian delegate and emphasized that “it is too early to talk about negotiations on joining the EU.” “First there must be a positive assessment of the implementation of the recommendations. But this too will not happen tomorrow, but next week. And tomorrow there should be some kind of optimistic signal,” the source said.
Earlier, Reuters, citing three sources, reported that on November 8, the European Commission will present an assessment of Ukraine’s progress on the path to membership in the European Union. The agency’s sources noted that at the same time Ukraine may be given additional conditions for joining the EU. In particular, we can talk about strengthening anti-corruption legislation and additional elaboration of the law on national minorities.
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