On February 3, 2023, it became known, that the European Commission has published reports assessing the ability of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to commit to joining the European Union. In general, the European Commission’s assessment of Ukraine’s efforts to join the EU is positive, although the report also reflects areas that need further improvement.
Source: The European Commission
“Today, the European Commission published its analytical reports assessing the capacity of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia to assume the obligations of EU membership. The reports provide a detailed analysis on where the countries stand with regard to their alignment with the EU acquis, the EU’s body of common rights and obligations. The reports complement the Opinions on the three countries’ applications for EU membership adopted by the European Commission in June 2022,” informed the European Commission.
The European Commission explained that these analytical reports provide an instant overview of the situation regarding the ability of the three countries to fulfill their obligations regarding EU membership. The documents also contain instructions for future work in various areas.
The report indicates that Ukrainian legislation is at the initial level of compliance with EU standards in the following issues:
- financial control;
- freedom of movement for workers;
- intellectual property law;
- social policy and employment;
- environment and climate change;
- agriculture and rural development;
The laws of Ukraine received a higher rating in the field of:
- justice, freedom and security;
- public procurement;
- free movement of capital;
- company law;
- сompetition policy;
- consumer and health protection;
The average level of assessment was received in the following spheres:
- free movement of goods;
- digital transformation and media;
- economic and monetary policy;
- science and research.
The legislation of Ukraine received the highest rating from the European Commission in the field of:
- foreign, security and defense policy.
In addition, Ukraine’s willingness to join the EU Customs Union was highly appreciated.
“The European Commission will continue to provide Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia with guidance and support in this regard to help the three countries further align to EU standards and norms covering the entire EU acquis,” added the European Commission.
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