On the eve of the Ukraine-EU summit, MEPs confirmed their commitment to Ukraine's membership in the EU, and also called on EU countries to strengthen their support for Kyiv

This is stated in the resolution of the European Parliament adopted on February 2.

The document was adopted by 489 votes in favor, 36 deputies spoke against, and 49 abstained.

The resolution of the European Parliament sets out expectations from the upcoming summit of political leaders of the EU and Ukraine in Kyiv on February 3. 

"Work on Ukraine's future in the European Union should begin now"

In particular, speaking about the perspective of Ukraine's membership in the EU, the MEPs demand that the EU "work on the start of accession negotiations and support a road map that outlines the next steps to ensure Ukraine's accession to the EU single market."

At the same time, the MEPs emphasized that accession is a process based on merit, which involves compliance with the relevant procedures, as well as the implementation of relevant reforms and accession criteria.

Therefore, they called on the Ukrainian authorities to implement essential reforms as soon as possible for effective alignment with the EU membership criteria.

The European Parliament also called on EU member states to increase and speed up military aid to Kyiv, including the provision of weapons, as well as political, economic, infrastructural, financial and humanitarian support.

Speaking about the upcoming Ukraine-EU summit, MEPs propose to prioritize a comprehensive package of recovery measures for Ukraine. 

"This package should focus on aid, reconstruction and recovery in the short, medium and long term. The support will contribute to further economic growth in Ukraine after the war," the resolution reads.

Assessing Ukraine's reconstruction needs, the resolution also reiterated the call to use the frozen assets of the Russian Central Bank, as well as the assets of Russian oligarchs, to finance post-war reconstruction.

In addition, the MEPs called on the member states of the European Union to adopt the tenth package of sanctions against Moscow as soon as possible and to constantly and actively propose new sectors and persons against whom restrictions will be imposed.

The parliament called for sanctions on companies such as Lukoil and Rosatom, which are still present in the EU market, as well as on officials involved in illegal activities, including forced deportations and holding fake referendums in occupied Ukrainian territory.

The resolution also calls for an immediate and complete embargo on EU imports of fossil fuels and uranium from Russia, and a complete abandonment of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

The Ukraine-EU summit will take place on February 3 in Kyiv.

At the summit, one of the topics will be preliminary negotiations regarding our country's accession to the European Union. 

On February 2, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and Josep Borrell, head of European diplomacy, as well as 15 European Commissioners, arrived in Kyiv to participate in the summit.

On the eve of the summit, joint consultations of the government of Ukraine and the European Commission were opened.

Ursula von der Leyen promised Ukraine to join the European Union

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, believes that Ukraine will become a member of the European Union.

She stated this on Thursday during a joint meeting of the European Commission and the Government of Ukraine in Kyiv, "European Truth" reports.

Von der Leyen believes that the movement of Ukraine helps not only Ukraine itself, but also the European Union.

"The day Ukraine became a candidate was a new beginning for Ukraine, and it was also a new beginning for the EU," von der Leyen assured.

The president of the European Commission is also convinced that the European Commission will help Ukraine get closer to accession, "until the day when the Ukrainian flag will be raised where it should be - in front of the Berlamont building in Brussels."

This is the building where the European Commission is located, in front of it are the flags of the full members of the EU.

Ursula von der Leyen also emphasized that she is in favor of strengthening business cooperation.

"Our meeting is a signal to European investors," she explained.

Earlier it was reported that the European Union will announce the provision of additional aid to Ukraine

in the amount of 400 million euros.

These funds will be used to support the reform process.

On the eve of the Ukraine-EU summit, which will take place on February 3 in Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced new reforms in Ukraine.

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