EU Progress Assessment for Ukraine Expected in May 2023
The first assessment of the European Commission regarding Kyiv’s progress in fulfilling the candidate criteria to join the European Union will be presented in May. The evaluation presentation is preceded by an informal discussion between EU member states and Ukraine which took place this March.
In June 2022, the EU granted candidate status to Ukraine in the context of the Russian war of aggression to show the EU’s leadership, resolve and vision. Nevertheless, to become a member of the EU, Ukraine has to effectively fulfil the criteria for EU membership, including seven recommendations.
The Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, Olha Stefanishyna, participated on March 13 informal meeting of the General Affairs Council of the EU, and they discussed all seven recommendations to determine a specific date for the presentation of the European Commission‘s assessment. The official EU assessment will be published in October this year. Nevertheless, to help Ukraine identify problematic areas, the European Commission decided to present an interim oral assessment in May.
Olha Stefanishyna claims that Ukraine will almost fully complete the implementation of the seven criteria by the interim oral assessment in May. Several blocks are already politically completed, although technical issues remain.
By May, Kyiv will pass a law on the advertising market in Ukraine, which will allow Ukrainian political leaders to declare the fulfilment of the criteria for media reform. The bloc on anti-corruption, law enforcement and judiciary is almost completed – the head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau has been appointed, the concept of reforming law enforcement agencies has been prepared, and the process of selecting members of the expert advisory group will be completed. Nevertheless, Ukraine will not appoint the seventh member of the Advisory Group of Experts, as recommended by the Venice Commission. Instead, Ukraine and the EU agreed on other selection procedures.
As of late January, the fulfilment of the seven criteria was assessed by experts at 5.8 points out of 10, but the assessment has increased since then.