Uninterrupted support: What Ukraine needs from the EU in the Long War

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  • Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine 
  • Lia Quartapelle, Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies 
  • Sylvie Kaufmann, Editorial Director, Le Monde 

Chaired by

  • Marie Dumoulin, Director, Wider Europe Programme, ECFR 

Ahead of the European Council in December where accession talks with Ukraine are expected to be opened, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is delighted to welcome Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Olha Stefanishyna, to discuss what Ukraine needs from Europe in the Long War.   

Europeans now face conflicts on multiple fronts in their neighbourhood – in Ukraine, the Middle East, the South Caucasus, and potentially in the Western Balkans. Yet Europe must not lose sight of the war in Ukraine – it is of vital importance for European security. The conflict is now entering its second winter without any prospects for a sustainable resolution. Europe has already provided unprecedented support to Ukraine as it fights its existential war against Russia. But this war will not end any time soon – so the EU should be prepared to provide concrete commitments to Ukraine’s long-term security, as well as a real prospect of EU membership. What kind of security commitments can the EU give to Ukraine against this backdrop? How can member states transform these commitments into new action for Ukraine over the coming months and years? How can EU enlargement with Ukraine help in all of this?  

Responding to a new ECFR report, join our panel for reactions and perspectives from European capitals ahead of the December European Council.