Ukraine expects that the European Union will soon revise its Neighborhood Policy, and this revision will apply to all countries of Eastern Europe. This was stated by Olga Stefanyshyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
"The EU member states understand that there is a need for a new neighborhood policy that would create new formats and opportunities for countries seeking accession or closer integration. But there is indeed enlargement fatigue, and we feel it in our capitals," said Stefanyshyna.
She noted that Ukraine was the first from Eastern Europe to start a dialogue on access to the internal market of the European Union.
"The point is that a country with more than 40 million consumers seeks to join a market where there are 500 million consumers. This is one of the largest integration discourses that has been launched in recent years with such Eastern European countries as Ukraine," Stefanyshyna said.
According to her, Ukraine has a step-by-step approach to integration with the EU.
“We expect that in 2022 the European Union will begin to revise its Neighborhood Policy, and this revision will apply to all Eastern European countries; that a concrete new format of cooperation will be developed for Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, countries aspiring to membership. And we expect that by In 2027, when Lithuania takes over the presidency of the EU Council, it will be possible to come up with concrete political decisions, "she summed up.