Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna chaired a meeting with deputy ministers for European integration on an action plan for conducting an initial assessment of the status of implementation of the EU acquis.
“During the EU-Ukraine Summit on February 3, 2023, we agreed to start working on the National Plan of adaptation of Ukraine to the EU acquis. An essential condition for the preparation of this plan is the so-called ‘self-screening’. We need to analyse the compliance of our legislation with the relevant EU legislation to clearly understand the scope of work to be done. It is now important to make an accurate assessment of our efforts, to see the weaknesses and understand where we need to do better,” said Olha Stefanishyna.
The Deputy Prime Minister reminded that on February 28, the Cabinet of Ministers had adopted a resolution approving the Procedure for assessing the adaptation of Ukrainian legislation to the EU acquis – the so-called “self-screening”.
By June 30, 2023, ministries and central executive bodies must conduct an assessment and submit a report to the Government with specific proposals for harmonising sectoral legislation with the EU law by August 30.
“Your main task is to determine the state of implementation of each act of EU law,” Olha Stefanishyna said.
In addition, the deputy ministers are to provide up-to-date information on Ukraine’s regulatory approximation to the EU acquis.
“Ukraine has already started preparing for the upcoming EU membership negotiations. We expect that a formal decision to start negotiations will be made at the end of the year. All political conditions have been created for this. I think we will have a positive assessment of the seven political criteria, and we have already started preparing, morally and legally, with the European Commission to start this process,” Olha Stefanishyna said.