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European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)
News article25 June 2024Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations1 min read

Statement by President von der Leyen on opening accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova, via video message

EU, Ukrainian and Moldovan flags

It is very good news that today the European Union opens accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova.

We stand at the threshold of a significant and transformative moment for these two countries and for our Union. And we celebrate the values and principles that bind us together. The EU has always been more than a political and economic union. It is a testament to our collective aspiration for peace, for security, for democracy and for prosperity.

The people of Ukraine and Moldova have demonstrated their unwavering commitment and determination to be a part of this project. Even in a time of war and turmoil they have started extensive reforms.

They know, that their journey will be rigorous and demanding. The accession negotiations are designed to prepare the candidates for the responsibilities of membership. This is why there are no shortcuts. We embark on these negotiations in a strong spirit of openness, engagement, and commitment.

The path ahead will be challenging. But it is also filled with immense opportunities for Moldova and Ukraine – as well as for our entire Union.

Together, we can forge a larger, more dynamic and forward-looking Europe. So I wish you a very successful start of the accession negotiations.

Thank you very much.