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We will be with you on the "long way" to membership, EU tells Ukraine

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Brussels — Ukraine now has a “very clear European perspective”, but the road to EU accession is time consuming and requires a great deal of effort, the EU executive president will come to parliament on Friday. I told you.

EU leaders officially qualified the Ukrainian candidate last week for a process that is expected to take several years to become a member of the now-27-country coalition. Started in.

In a videolink speech to the Ukrainian Parliament, Ursula von der Leyen highlights the country's progress towards EU accession while protecting itself from the February 24 invasion of Russia. did.

"Ukraine now has a very clear European perspective, and Ukraine is a candidate for the European Union, only five months ago. It was almost unimaginable, "she told lawmakers and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"There is a long way to go, but Europe is on your side at every stage, from the dark days of war to the moment you cross the door leading to us. The European Union." He said many important reforms are needed as soon as possible.

"The next step is within your reach, but they will require a lot of effort," she added.

She listed in the urgent need. She has adopted media law, implemented new rules to reduce the excessive influence of oligarchs, and appointed chief executive officer for anti-corruption. (Reported by Charlotte van Campenhout, John Chalmers, Francesco Guarascio, edited by Nick Macfie)