EU officially recognizes Ukraine as a candidate for membership

EU leaders will decide on the next steps for the accession of the countries after the full implementation of all the conditions set out by the European Commission.

The EU will give Ukraine candidate status / UNIAN photo, Oleksandr Sinitsa

EU leaders in Brussels will endorse the recommendation of the European Commission on granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of a candidate for membership in European Union.

This is stated in the latest draft conclusions of the EU summit, which was reviewed by the publication Euractiv.

“The European Council has decided to grant Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova the status of a candidate country,” says the draft decision of the EU leaders who will meet at the summit in Brussels on June 23-24.

EU leaders will decide on the next steps for countries to join once all the conditions set out by the European Commission have been fully met, the draft decision adds.

After several days of internal discussions within the EU, no opposition emerged among the 27 member states, several EU diplomats told EURACTIV, saying they largely believe the commission’s views will be reflected in the EU leader’s decision later this week.

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The first assessment report on Ukraine’s compliance with the conditions is expected as part of the European Commission’s regular review of enlargement before the end of this year.

For Georgia, the wording of the EU summit will be: “The European Council is ready to grant Georgia the status of a candidate country after taking into account the priorities indicated in the Commission’s opinion regarding Georgia’s application for membership.”

“The progress of each country on the path to the European Union will depend on its own merit in meeting the Copenhagen criteria, including the ability of the EU to accept new members,” the draft conclusions also say.

As UNIAN previously reported, on February 28, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union.

On June 17, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the EC had recommended to the European Council give Ukraine a European perspective and candidate status for EU membership.

After that, the president’s office named the actions to be taken. to start negotiations Ukraine on joining the EU.

As you know, the decision of the European Council on granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership is expected on June 23-24.

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