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Ukraine's Accession to the EU

Ukrainian and European Experts and Politicians on the Realistic Beginning of Negotiations

The public discussion on Ukraine's Accession to the EU: Ukrainian and European Experts and Politicians on the Realistic Beginning of Negotiations will take place on 12 September in Kyiv. The event is organized by the NGO "Ukrainian Center for European Policy" (UCEP) in cooperation with the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine's Integration into the European Union and with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ukraine

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Year 2023 may be a historical year for Ukraine in terms of accession to the European Union. Given the elections to the EU Parliament and new appointments in the EU Commission in 2024, the EU decision makers will persist in doing their best to close the term on a positive note for Ukraine and the EU triggering the next historic wave of its enlargement. Practically it means that there are high chances of the official opening of the accession negotiations by the end of this year.

Since its inception, the Ukrainian Center for European Policy (UCEP) has consistently supported the idea of Ukraine's accession to the EU and strives to develop a dialogue with EU experts and policy makers from EU member states to achieve real results tangible for all stakeholders. That is why on 12 September 2023 the UCEP is holding a public discussion in cooperation with the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine's Integration into the EU with politicians, diplomats, experts and civil society representatives to discuss the steps necessary to open accession negotiations as well as the possibilities of overcoming the main challenges facing Ukraine in the context of the large-scale war with a nuclear state on its way to the long-awaited EU membership.

Within the event UCEP will present their recent research paper titled «A Realistic Path towards Ukraine’s Accession to the EU». It was developed by reputable European experts from such countries as Spain, Germany, France, Austria and Czech Republic in cooperation with UCEP’s experts. Research includes recommendations on how Ukraine should develop negotiations with above mentioned countries to make opening of accession negotiation possible keeping in mind the barriers it has to overcome to make accession progress smooth and credible. 

We would like to invite you to join the discussion on how to settle the right expectation management regarding Ukraine’s accession process, how the reasonable system of accession benchmarks for Ukraine may look like given its country specifics and negative consequences of the war as well as how the EU and Ukraine may overcome the major barriers for steady and coherent process of Ukraine’s accession.

The discussion will be held in the hotel InterContinental (Kyiv, Velyka Zhytomyrska Str., 2A).

We'll start at 10 o'clock.

The event also will be available online.

Languages of the event: Ukrainian and English, simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Please register to attend the event.


10:00 – 10:30 Welcoming Coffee

Registration of participants

10:30 -10:55 Welcome Speech

Dr. Liubov Akulenko, executive director of the Ukrainian Centre for European Policy

Dr. Jan Philipp Wölbern, Head of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Office in Ukraine

Vadym Galaychuk, People’s Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, First Deputy Chairman of the VRU Committee on Ukraine’s Integration into the European Union

Oleksandr Ilkov, Director General at Government Office for Coordination on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration

10:55 - 12:05 Independent Expert Vision

David Stulik, Senior Analyst, European Values Centre for Security Policy (online participation)

Laure Delcour, Associate Professor, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, and Visiting Professor, College of Europe (online participation)

Florian Bieber, Professor for Southeast European History and Politics University of Graz, Coordinator, Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG)

Borja Lasheras, Senior Fellow at Centre for European Policy Analysis (CEРА)

Dmytro Naumenko, senior analyst of UCEP

Moderator: Liubov Akulenko, UCEP

12:05 – 12:20 Questions and comments

12:20 - 12:50 Coffee Break

12:50-14:00 The Official Position of European Countries - What Can They Do for Ukraine's Accession to the EU

Ricardo Lopez-Aranda Jagu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Spain to Ukraine

Gaël Veyssière, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine

Anna-Maria Steiner, the acting Ambassador, Minister Counsellor of the Republic of Austria to Ukraine

Ondřej Benesik, Chair of the Committee on European Affairs, Chamber of Deputies (Czech Republic) (online participation)

Jean-François Rapin, Chair of the European Affairs Committee, Senate (France) (online participation)

Maria Mezentseva, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Deputy Chair of the Committee, Chair of the Subcommittee on Approximation of Ukrainian Legislation to EU Legislation of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Integration of Ukraine with the European Union

Moderator: Liubov Akulenko, UCEP

14.00-14:15 Questions and Comments

14:15 – 14:45 Lunch

Photos will be taken at the event. By registration participants agree that the Ukrainian European Policy Center will use photographic materials made before, during or after the event.

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