to challenges together
The main political event of the month was the 2023 State of the Union address by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the European Parliament (Strasbourg) on 13 September. To a certain extent, this speech was a summary on the eve of the European Parliament elections in 2024. Still, it was about the future, showing the sustainability of the European Union’s policies, focusing on change, improvement and development.
We should also note the attention paid to the issue of future enlargement. In this context, Ukraine should consider the provisions of the President’s speech as guidelines, taking them into account when doing the candidate ‘homework’ and formulating its development strategies for the future.
Matti Maasikas, whose term as EU Ambassador ended in September, expressed the same confidence in Ukraine’s EU membership – but it will all depend on Ukraine itself.
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