The decision of the European Council to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate for accession to the European Union received the support of the European Parliament. On November 28, an updated Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
Leaders of the European Parliament (conference of presidents) declared their support for the decision of the European Council, adopted in 2022, to grant Ukraine candidate status. On Tuesday, the European Parliament supported the recommendations of the European Commission from November 8, 2023 on the start of negotiations with Ukraine on joining the EU. The next step is expected to be taken by the European Council at its meeting in December, international media note.
The Conference of Presidents expresses the hope that Ukraine will continue to carry out reforms to fulfill the conditions for the start of negotiations between Brussels and Kyiv.
In Brussels on November 28, at a joint press conference with Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola stated the need to continue supporting Ukraine, in particular through the European Peace Fund. “We must agree on a new fund for Ukraine in the amount of fifty billion as soon as possible,” said Metsola.
Ruslan Stefanchuk called the signing of the Memorandum a “historical event”.