On Friday, March 19, during a working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal met with German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas.
The parties discussed Ukraine's European integration, the NATO Membership Action Plan and joint economic projects in the field of renewable energy.
"Ukraine's membership in the EU in the medium term is a win-win situation not only for the Ukrainian people but also for Germany and the EU as a whole. At present, on our priority agenda is gradual integration into the EU internal market. In particular, it concerns the integration of Ukraine into the digital and energy markets of the European Union," accentuated Denys Shmyhal.
The Prime Minister stressed that an agreement on the launch of a strategic partnership with the EU in the field of critical raw materials is of paramount importance for Ukraine, which will also be complied with the goals of the green and digital transition.
"Cooperation in the field of hydrogen energy opens new opportunities for cooperation between our countries. The EU's Hydrogen Strategy states that Ukraine has the potential to install 10 GW of green hydrogen production capacity. This allows to attract up to EUR 20 billion in the development of the industry. And we believe that together with Germany, we can realize best this potential," said the Prime Minister.
In addition, Denys Shmyhal thanked the German side for its support in granting Ukraine the status of a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner in June 2020.
"Presently, we have stepped up the reform process to receive an invitation and join the NATO Membership Action Plan as a next step. We will be grateful to our German partners for their support and assistance to Ukraine on this path," the Prime Minister stressed.
The Ukrainian Prime Minister also thanked Germany and personally the German Federal Minister for their continued support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression. Denys Shmyhal called on Germany to take part in the international platform for the de-occupation of Crimea and thanked the German Federal Minister for the strong statement of the G7 Foreign Ministers that the occupation of Crimea will never be recognized by the international community.