EU, NATO reach a settlement for 2024 Ukrainian parliament needs

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Ukraine’s rapprochement with the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be among the top priorities for the Ukrainian parliament next year, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported Thursday, citing Parliament Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk.

Before March, the parliament is due to work out the legislative framework to align Ukraine’s laws with those of the EU, Stefanchuk said.

The legislative framework includes 35 sections, which will become a guideline for the parliament’s future work towards EU integration, he noted.

Besides, the parliament will focus on the adoption of legislation aimed at bringing the Ukrainian army closer to NATO standards, Stefanchuk added.

Another important task for 2024 is the work on the laws related to mobilization processes and the rotation of military personnel participating in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to Stefanchuk.

On Dec. 14, EU leaders agreed to open membership talks with Ukraine. The Eastern European country needs to implement 2,739 legal acts on the path towards EU membership, according to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

NATO recognized Ukraine as its Enhanced Opportunities Partner in 2020. In September 2023, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is not ready to accept Ukraine as a member while the conflict is in an active stage.

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