The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenhas returned this Saturday to the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, in a new unannounced visit after the one he starred in in April, a few days after the community institution issues its opinion on the country’s candidacy for the accession to the European Union.
🇺🇦 Good to be back in Kyiv.
With President @ZelenskyyUa I will take stock of the joint work needed for reconstruction and of the progress made by Ukraine on its European path.
Європа з вами! pic.twitter.com/JqtXvgamkV
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) June 11, 2022
“It’s good to be back in Kyiv”, Von der Leyen made it known on his Twitter account upon his arrival in the capital, where he hopes to “take stock” with the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky“of the joint work that is needed for the reconstruction of the country”, as well as “the progress made by Ukraine on its European path”.
“Europe is with you!”has finally clinched Von der Leyen’s message in a final sentence written in the Ukrainian language.
The Commission will present at the end of next week its Opinion on Ukraine’s request to join the European Union. On Monday, the College of Commissioners will have a first orientation debate on the candidacy and on Friday it will meet again to adopt the final text with the opinion of Brussels, a necessary preliminary procedure for the Heads of State and Government to discuss in its summit on June 23-24 if they grant candidate status to this country.
Just yesterday, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskycalled on the European Union to speed up the accession process and turn page to current “gray area”because the current status represents a “temptation” to Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24.
The president has called for turning words into actions, during a telematic speech before the Democracy Summit in Copenhagen in which he has reiterated some of the messages that he has been launching since kyiv formally requested accession.
“If the polls show that 71 percent of Europeans consider Ukraine part of the European family, why are some politicians hesitant to allow us to move towards the EU?Zelensky posed, without naming these skeptics.
“We need to move from words that Ukraine is part of the European family to action. In the coming weeks, the EU can take a historic step that will show that words about the Ukrainian people’s belonging to the European family are not empty,” she added.