Brussels, 13 April 2023 (TDI): Leading Members of the European Parliament have reaffirmed their commitment to support Ukraine on its path to the European Union. The Parliament has reiterated its continuous support to assist Ukraine in its EU integration process.

The Ukrainian Parliament hosted the First Inter-Committee Meeting between the European Parliament and the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada. The meeting brought together the chairpersons of the committees of the European Parliament and the Ukrainian Parliament.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a road map of Ukraine’s EU accession. The meeting also highlighted unwavering European solidarity with Ukraine which is still a battleground of Russian aggression.

The European Parliament President Roberta Metsola stated on the occasion that the meeting is hallmark for of an in-depth, comprehensive and concrete sectorial cooperation between the two institution.

Roberta Metsola further stated, “Cooperation that is crucial in view of Ukraine’s European path. This is something that Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk and I have discussed and converged over on several occasions… because there is no question that Ukraine’s future is as a Member of the European Union. Rest assured that Ukraine will always find a friend and ally in the European Parliament.”

At the meeting, the MEP’s voiced their condemnation of Russian war of aggression. They admonished Russia’s illegal and unjustified war. The European Union and European Parliament asserted themselves as strongest allies of Ukraine.

The MEP’s reiterated their support for Ukraine stating they will continue to stand with the country and its people in their fight for freedom. They expressed their readiness to extend expertise for their Ukrainian colleagues towards their EU membership.

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The MEP’s emphasized cooperation between both parliament in the areas of alignment with EU laws and in post-war recovery. Together, European and Ukrainian Parliament envision linking reconstruction efforts to a reform process that safeguard Ukraine’s European integration.

Furthermore, the MEP’s also stressed a need for a governance framework for reconstruction efforts in Ukraine ensuring Ukrainian ownership. The framework should also be transparent, accountable and inclusive.