The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen is on a visit to Kyiv. The visit takes place at a historic moment, when a political decision is expected on the start of negotiations for Ukraine’s EU membership.
“This decision will have a turning point in the history not only of Ukraine, but also of the whole of Europe,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today at a general press conference. He expressed confidence that such negotiations will begin. According to him, this will mean that “there will be no more gray geopolitical zones in Europe”.
“Secondly, it will ensure growth for Ukraine and all European countries. And thirdly, we guarantee our country and the Ukrainian people real economic and social security,” added Zelensky.
Ursula von der Leyen pointed out that Ukraine has made excellent progress and this will be reflected next week in the EC’s report on EU enlargement.
“I want to tell you that I am impressed by the reforms that you have carried out in the midst of war,” she said, giving examples of reforms in the justice system, reducing the influence of oligarchs and fighting money laundering. “This is the result of hard work,” said Ursula von der Leyen.
According to her, EU support for Ukraine so far amounts to almost 83 billion euros. According to her, Ukraine needs more funding to meet current needs. That is why the EC has offered Member States an additional €50 billion in aid until 2027.
Ursula von der Leyen also vowed to continue to make “Russia pay for its military aggression.” “Our current sanctions have deeply affected the Russian economy, and very soon we will offer our 12th package of sanctions to member states,” she added.