The European Union on Friday gave Ukraine an “important step” towards membership of the bloc, with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen ceremoniously handing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a questionnaire to complete as part of the long-winded membership process.
“Ukraine belongs to the European family. We’ve heard your requests loud and clear. And today, we’re here to give you a first positive answer,” von der Leyen said speaking to reporters in Kyiv alongside Zelensky and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Josep Borrell.
“In this envelope, dear Volodymyr, there is an important step towards EU membership. The questionnaire that is in here is the basis for our discussion in the coming weeks. It is where your path towards Europe and the European Union begins.”
Von der Leyen said she hopes to be able to work closely with Zelesnky to complete the questionnaire within weeks.
Thanking her as he received the document, Zelesnky joked: “We’ll be ready with answers, Ursula, in one week”.
The questionnaire is one of the many steps Ukraine would need to complete to reach full EU membership.