Baker McKenzie and Integrites have contributed to the completion of the European Commission questionnaire regarding Ukraine's application for European Union membership. Baker McKenzie contributed to the completion of Parts I and II of the questionnaire. Integrites worked pro bono to contribute to the submission of the Ukrainian Government’s response.
"On February 28, 2022, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, signed Ukraine's application for membership in the European Union," Baker McKenzie informed. "During her visit to Kyiv on April 8, 2022, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, handed an EU candidacy questionnaire, an important document commencing the membership application review process, to the President of Ukraine. Ukraine expects to obtain the status of an EU candidate country in June 2022, when the European Council is scheduled to meet."
"Our team is proud of contributing to the finalization of the documents purporting to achieve the EU candidate status for our country," Baker McKenzie Managing Partner Serhiy Chorny commented. "Ukraine is regaining its membership in the European family by overcoming many challenges, including the Russian invasion. We have no doubt that Ukraine will become a very central and influential member of the European community."
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for our team to make an input into a historic public cause of Ukraine’s stride towards the European family," Integrites Partner Oleh Zahnitko said. "We strongly believe that the accession negotiations with the EU acknowledge the role of the Ukrainian people in the security and welfare of the continent reflected in the war ongoing since 2014."
The Baker McKenzie team was led by Chorny and included Partners Hennadiy Voytsitskyi and Ihor Siusel, and Associates Bogdan Dyakovych, Hanna Smyrnova, Olga Gavrylyuk, Oleksandr Savvi, Mykyta Stebliuk, Tetyana Zhuravska, Anna Boyko, Olha Sviatenka, Polina Korotka, and Veronika Kalyta.
The Integrites team was led by Zahnitko and included Senior Associate Yurii Korchev, Paralegal Yuliia Kovalchuk, and Practice Assistant Nataliia Ptashnyk.