Published: 11:32, June 22, 2024
PM: Ukraine to start membership talks with EU next week
By Xinhua
Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal leaves the podium with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, as they conclude a news conference at the IMF-World Bank 2024 Spring Meetings, April 17, 2024, in Washington. (PHOTO / AP) 

KYIV - Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Friday that his country will start membership talks with the European Union next week.

"On June 25, we will hold the Ukraine-EU Intergovernmental Conference, which will mark the formal start of negotiations on our accession," Shmyhal told a government meeting.

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After the conference, Ukraine and the EU will launch detailed technical negotiations on dozens of different chapters of the future membership agreement, he said.

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Earlier in the day, the EU adopted the negotiating frameworks for accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova, thus greenlighting the membership talks.

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Ukraine was accepted as a candidate for EU membership in June 2022.

In December 2023, the EU leaders agreed to open accession talks with Kyiv.