Germany will provide expert support to Ukraine as part of its accession negotiations with the European Union. This was discussed during an online meeting between Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, and Lührmann, Minister of State for Europe and Climate at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
"I am grateful for Germany's decision to help Ukraine strengthen our institutional capacity and expertise in the negotiation process with the EU. Today, Ukraine has a fully functional Government, all branches of power, and we have hundreds of people ready to start working tomorrow. We do not want to lose a single minute on our way. Thank you for supporting our aspirations and enthusiasm," the Deputy Prime Minister said during the meeting.
The participants discussed the launch of a special project in the near future covering the rule of law, fundamental rights and strengthening of democratic institutions - the so-called "fundamentals", which is a key section of the negotiation process.
The Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of State also touched upon the issue of the approval of a multi-year financial assistance package for Ukraine by the European Council on 1 February and discussed the "negotiation calendar" for accession. Anna Lührmann assured of Germany's support for both Ukraine's European aspirations and a long-term financial mechanism to ensure the economic stability of the country.