Ukraine on the path to the EU: citizens’ opinions and hopes
Yuriy Yakymenko, Deputy Director General of the Razumkov Centre, and Mykhailo Pashkov, Co-Director of the Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes of the Razumkov Centre, prepared a brief on “Ukraine on the path to the EU: citizens’ opinions and hopes”.
European integration in Ukraine is a complex, gradual process that touches upon different sectors – political, economic, social, cultural. But the psychological factor, represented in the conscious European choice of citizens and their support for the country’s movement towards the EU, is even more important. This brief outlines the dynamics of Ukrainian citizens’ attitude towards the EU and specific aspects of European self-identification processes among Ukrainians.
After having gained its independence, Ukraine gradually determined its main development direction towards integration into the European community. The idea of European integration is a conscious and strategic choice of the Ukrainian society confirmed through many trials. The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which came into force in 2017, became the roadmap for domestic reforms.