The EU summit approved the development of a mechanism for the sectoral European integration of Ukraine and created opportunities for a procedural basis for the irreversibility of European integration reforms in Ukraine. This was reported by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze in her article for ZN.UA.
According to Klympush-Tsintsadze, this decision is one of the most important results of the recent EU summit.
"The main thing is that the political approval of the development of a mechanism for sectoral integration ... creates opportunities for a procedural basis for the irreversibility of European integration reforms," she noted.
According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the mechanism of sectoral integration presupposes the development of mutual obligations to implement specific measures, regardless of which political forces are in power. On the eve of the summit, Ukraine proposed the EU mechanism for integration in the energy sector and digital markets, customs, justice, freedom and security, which was supported by the EU. This mechanism should have a specific list of decisions that Ukraine must adopt, both Ukraine and the EU should work on developing the list.
She also noted that the mechanism will give Ukraine the opportunity to follow the path of sectoral integration, in accordance with the road map of reforms and decisions, which should be agreed with the EU.
"Such a mechanism will become a kind of insurance against political fluctuations regarding Ukraine's European integration - both in Ukraine itself and in the EU ... Successful implementation of these mechanisms can become a basis for their dissemination to other sectors of integration," she said, noting that the mechanism, in particular, will help Ukraine in the framework of the Association Agreement with the EU to provide access to European markets.
The EU summit was held in Brussels in early July this year.