Det juridiske fakultet

Ukraine on the way to EU membership

From Association Agreement to candidate status.

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On 28 February 2022, on the fifth day of Ukraine's resistance to Russia's full-scale attack all over the Ukrainian territory, Ukraine submitted its EU membership application. On 17 June, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine candidate status, on the understanding that some steps are taken to enact and implement legislation in the areas of the rule of law, anti-money laundering, media law and national minorities. On 24 June, the European Council adopted a decision to grant Ukraine candidate status.

This is a landmark in EU-Ukraine relations and Ukraine's national course. The Ukrainian Constitution's preamble sets out the irreversibility of Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic course. The President of Ukraine, the Parliament and the Government are respectively the guarantor and the implementers of the strategic course towards Ukraine's full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Ukraine's European course started in the 1990s and culminated with EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in 2014 amid Russia's annexation of Crimea and the start of a hybrid war in Eastern Ukraine. Since the Agreement's adoption, Ukraine has been cooperating closely on judicial reforms to enable free trade and further European integration. The recognition of Ukraine’s efforts by the European Commission marks a new stage of Ukraine-EU relations and reassures the Ukrainian people in the fight for independence and democratic values.

Symposium will feature speakers on the EU-Ukraine and EU's external relations, both from academia and public institutions in the EU/EEA and Ukraine.

The key themes are:

  • Implementation and the future of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement,
  • Perspectives on Ukraine's EU membership application,
  • Experience of the EU integration – Eastern Enlargement of 2004.