On 16 June, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Annual National Program under the auspices of the NATO-Ukraine Commission for 2021 and indicators of the effectiveness of its implementation.
The action plan encapsulates concrete steps necessary to continue reforms to ensure that Ukraine's course towards Euro-Atlantic integration is implemented, which is one of the strategic priorities.
"Our annual national programs are shaped in such a way as to gradually bring Ukraine closer to the criteria for NATO membership - political, economic, legal and military. Recently, at the NATO-2021 summit, the Alliance countries confirmed that Ukraine will become a NATO member and the membership action plan (MAP) will be an integral part of this process, and the annual national programs are unambiguously called a tool for promoting reforms that bring Ukraine closer to NATO," underscored Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that over the past few years Ukraine has been systematically moving towards harmonizing its legislation with international practices, and the implemented reform package already allows talking about Ukraine's readiness to receive the MAP: "At the same time, we are implementing the Association Agreement with the EU. which also brings us closer to the level of compliance with the political, economic, legal criteria for NATO membership."
According to Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine is also working on a national system of transition to NATO standards to achieve interoperability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the troops of NATO member countries.