Ukraine has the right to mobilize a dialogue with the EU and NATO for membership. The Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine stressed during an online Conference of Heads of Foreign Diplomatic Missions of Ukraine.
"We have reached the format of European integration 2.0. Ukraine's advancement towards EU and NATO membership has ceased to be a romantic idea, simply a slogan enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine. During 5 years of effect of the Association Agreement, Ukraine has crossed a serious line in approximating legislation to EU practices and standards, changing, in fact, all areas of regulation," said Olha Stefanishyna.
Addressing the heads of foreign diplomatic missions of Ukraine, the Deputy Prime Minister noted that Ukraine is becoming a strong and competitive country, and therefore it is important that all capitals of member states see Ukraine in the EU and NATO.
According to her, by creating a system of public procurement, Ukraine should gain access to European public procurement markets, and the adoption of legislation on inland waterways should remove barriers to the traffic and development of waterways.
"We are united with the EU and NATO not only by having a common continent, but also by the fact we belong to a historical European family, having common rivers, forests, seas and logistics. And this is precisely the materialization of the fact that Ukraine ceases to be the object of geopolitical changes and regional policy, Ukraine becomes a subject demonstrating proactive position in the development of common logistics, integration into the EU energy environment, Ukraine's involvement in interregional initiatives. This unification through transformation, integration into EU markets and supply chains, attraction of investments is an element of uniting of our country with the West", said Olha Stefanishyna.
The Deputy Prime Minister also noted that a number of historic decisions had been adopted this year in the direction of Euro-Atlantic integration. In particular, virtually all of Ukraine's proposals have been taken into account while shaping the future NATO Strategy until 2030, and a law on intelligence and changes regarding defense procurement have been adopted.
"We all know that the President of Ukraine maintains an active dialogue with the Secretary General of NATO. As a result of such dialogue and cooperation between state institutions, Ukraine has received the status of a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner and these opportunities are already being used by Ukraine. Ukraine's proposals for cooperation with NATO within the framework of enhanced capabilities will soon be submitted by the President to the Secretary General and all Allies will study them," said Olha Stefanishyna.
She also noted that the current funding of the security and defense sector is unprecedented, and Ukraine is involved in almost all military missions of the Allies.
"We have started tectonic changes in the system of information and data exchange. Today we are talking about creating a sustainability system with in the state. That is, these transformations are no longer called in question. We have every right to mobilize a political dialogue (on Ukraine’s membership in NATO), as well as to move towards the realization of the ambitions and promises that were enshrined in the Bucharest Summit Declaration," said the Deputy Prime Minister.