It is remarkable that Ukraine is making progress in implementing 7 EU Commission priorities despite Russia’s ongoing war of aggression. In his policy brief, Leonid Litra emphasises why the EU enlargement and deepening process should take place simultaneously and argues why the EU should start accession negotiations with Ukraine this year.
On the 8th of November the European Commission will for the first time ever present an enlargement report with recommendations on Georgia. A few weeks later, the European Council will take a political decision on whether Georgia will be granted candidate status or will have to wait until autumn 2024. In his policy brief, Ivane Chkhikvadze analyses the current state of EU reforms and makes concrete recommendations for action.
The Moldovan expert, Denis Cenusa, analyses in his polcy brief that the Republic of Moldova has made progress in implementing the 9 priorities of the EU Commission, but also points out the obstacles and shortcomings, especially in the area of the judiciary and the fight against corruption. Nevertheless, he recommends that, given the geopolitical and strategic reasons, the EU should start accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova as well as with Georgia in December 2023.
Unlike Ukraine and Moldova, Georgia has not been given candidate status to EU-Membership in June 2022. In order to receive it, the country must fulfill twelve recommendations of the EU Commission, including reforms in the areas of deoligarchization and anti-corruption. In his policy brief, Sergi Kapanadze analyzes the current status in both areas and makes concrete recommendations for action.
After the EU granted Ukraine candidate status in June 2022, the country is making progress in the areas of anti-corruption and deoligarchization despite the war. In her policy brief, Tetiana Sevchuk analyzes the current state of reforms in Ukraine and what concrete steps are still needed in implementing these EU priorities so that accession negotiations can begin.
This policy brief gives an overview of the current state of the Ukrainian energy system and the challenges that emerged because of the war, but also the chances for the sustainable reconstruction of the energy sector. In order to modernise the economy on a sustainable basis Ukraine needs significant private investments. At the same time, the large-scale reconstruction of the energy sector offers opportunities for German and EU companies to participate in the “green” development of the Ukrainian economy.
Policy Paper 04. April 2023