Ukraine granted candidate status

As expected, the European Commission gave the green light for Ukraine to receive the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union.

Source: B92, Tanjug
Tanjug/ AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert
Tanjug/ AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

The European Commission has recommended that Ukraine and Moldova be granted candidate status as a symbolic step on the long road to membership in the European Union.

Georgia will be asked to fulfill certain conditions before it receives that status, Reuters reported today.

The European Commission is proposing that Ukraine be given the status of a candidate for EU membership, European Commission President Ursula von der Layen said today, adding that this also means that Ukraine is implementing reforms.

"Ukraine has clearly shown the country's aspiration and determination to live in accordance with European values and standards," she told reporters in Brussels.

She also stated that Ukraine has already applied about 70 percent of the rules of norms and standards of the EU, but that important work remains to be done in the field of rule of law, anti-corruption policy and fundamental rights. "The process is based on merit, so the process depends entirely on Ukraine," Ursula von der Layen stressed. While giving a public statement, Ursula von der Layen wore the colors of Ukraine, a yellow jacket over a blue shirt, according to the British agency.

Reuters reminds that some EU countries, including the Netherlands and Denmark, oppose more countries gaining candidate status, and that the request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky received support from France, Germany, Italy and Romania, whose leaders visited Kyiv.


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