Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, together with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, opened joint consultations between the government of Ukraine and the Board of the European Commission in Kyiv.
According to Shmyhal, over the past year, Ukraine has made progress in European integration and in implementing related reforms.
"To achieve the next European integration steps, we are finalizing the implementation of seven recommendations of the European Commission. We are preparing to present the results at the EU-Ukraine Summit and expect a powerful political signal on the approach to the start of the membership negotiation process," he said.
He expects that this spring the European Commission will provide a formal assessment of Ukraine's progress in implementing the seven recommendations along with additional proposals, subject to which the European Commission will be able to recommend to the European Council to start negotiations with Ukraine at the end of 2023.
"Thank you for presenting today the assessment of the level of adaptation of Ukrainian legislation to the EU acquis. For our part, we plan to start assessing the implementation of European rules, directives and regulations in Ukrainian legislation. An assessment will be made for each of the 35 chapters. Such an assessment will form the basis for the development of the National Programme for the Adaptation of Ukrainian Legislation to EU Legislation," Shmyhal said.
He noted that Ukraine hopes to intensify cooperation on the restoration and transformation of the energy sector. In particular, it concerns the expansion of electricity imports to Ukraine up to 2 GW and support for decentralization projects.
"For example, to launch a large-scale programme of solar energy production by Ukrainian households and communities," he said.