Today, the 24th Ukraine-EU summit will be held in Kyiv. The European path of Ukraine and the accession process are among the main topics, the EU Council reported.
Main points of the agenda
The President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will meet with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi at the 24th summit between the European Union and Ukraine.
This is the first Ukraine-EU summit since the beginning of Russian aggression, as well as since the European Council granted Ukraine the status of a candidate country.
Leaders will discuss:
• Ukraine's European path and the accession process;
• the EU's response to Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine;
• initiatives of Ukraine for a just peace and responsibility;
• cooperation on issues of reconstruction and assistance, as well as in the fields of energy and communications;
• global food security.
The leaders are expected to issue a joint statement at the end of the summit.
The joining process
Ukraine applied for EU membership in February 2022 and acquired EU candidate status in June 2022.
The EU will decide on further steps when Ukraine fulfills the conditions set out in the conclusion of the European Commission on its application for EU membership.
The European Commission will report on Ukraine's fulfillment of the conditions as part of the presentation of its package of enlargement measures in 2023. Without prejudice to this regular reporting, an update from the European Commission is expected in the spring of 2023, the EU Council noted.
A response to Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine
Thanks to its unity, the EU has provided unwavering support to Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine as long as it is needed, the EU Council noted.
The EU has introduced unprecedented restrictive measures against Russia, with significant consequences for its regime and economy.
EU military support includes more than €3.6 billion in the European Peace Fund and the launch of the EU Military Assistance Mission.
Together with the military support provided by the EU member states, the total EU military support in Ukraine is estimated at approximately 12 billion euros.
Total aid to Ukraine, promised both at the EU level and at the level of member states, currently amounts to almost 50 billion euros.
On March 4, 2022, the EU activated the directive on temporary protection for displaced persons. This mechanism is used by 4 million Ukrainians.
The EU supports Ukraine at international forums, calling for unwavering solidarity with Ukraine and the accession of all countries to EU sanctions.
The EU is ready to support Ukraine's initiative for a just world, the EU Council noted.
Global food security
Russia's attacks on crops and transport infrastructure have hampered Ukraine's ability to export its agricultural products, further exacerbating the global food crisis.
"Solidarity Paths" of the EU allowed the export of more than 23 million tons of agricultural products from Ukraine from May to December 2022.
Food goes to countries in need in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.