Mariia Zolkina

Head of Regional Security and Conflict Studies at the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Ukraine’s accession negotiations: political impact on EU assistance to Ukraine

Ukraine-EU relations have entered the new phase after the strategic decision to open negotitaions with Ukraine, made at the EU leaders summit in December, 2023. Though having  some political steps to be completed before the practical phase of accession talks, this new phase is characterized by the crucial shift in EU’s approch towards its relations with Ukraine.
Aid packages for Ukraine as well as plans for reconstruction are now supposed to be adjusted to considering Ukraine as a future EU member state. However, meeting this expactation will require overcoming number of domestic political challenges within the EU as well as might depend on the dynamics and consequences of the ongoing Russia’s war on Ukraine. Hence, tempos of the accession negotiations might appear to be on the crossroads of both political, reconstruction and seciruty dimension in Ukraine-EU relations.