Kiev has advanced on its “European path” but must do more, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday during a surprise visit to Ukraine.
Ukraine submitted its official application for EU membership on February 28, four days after Russia began its military operation in the country. EU leaders are expected to issue a formal opinion during the bloc’s summit on June 23-24 about whether to grant Kiev candidate status. The unanimous support of all 27 member nations is required for this.
Speaking at a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky amid the ongoing Russian military offensive, von der Leyen said the EU is working “day and night” on its assessment of the application and plans to finalize it by the end of next week.
“You have done a lot in strengthening the rule of law but there still need to be reforms implemented. To fight corruption, for example, or to modernize this well-functioning administration, to help attract investors,” she said.