The EU Commission recommended that Ukraine be granted EU candidate status.
The news about this recommendation was provided by the President of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, TheSchengen.com reports.
Von der Leyen said that Ukraine had clearly demonstrated its aspiration and determination to meet the values and standards of the European Union, again expressing its support while wearing the colors of Ukraine – blue shirt and yellow jacket.
We recommend that Ukraine be granted candidate status, on the understanding that the country will implement a number of important reforms. Ukraine has clearly demonstrated its commitment to fulfilling European values and standards. and embarked, before the war, on its way to the European Union,” von der Leyen wrote on her official Twitter account.
Moreover, von der Leyen emphasized that Ukraine has already implemented 70 percent of the norms, rules and standards. However, she noted that there is still important work to be done on rules of law, oligarchic, anti-corruption and fundamental rights.
“The process is merit-based. Progress depends entirely on Ukraine,” von der Leyen added.
The EU leaders are now expected to endorse the decision at the summit to be held next week. Some members, France, Germany and Italy, have already given their full support for the idea.
Immediately the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, welcomed the EU Commission’s recommendation. He said that this decision is the first step for EU membership that will surely bring his country closer to victory.
Ukraine has been seeking EU candidate status since 2014.
In addition, von der Leyen thanked for this “historic decision” and said he expected the EU leader to give Ukraine a positive response at the upcoming summit to be held on June 23-24.
“I applaud the positive conclusion of the EU Commission on Ukraine’s candidate status. It is the first step on the path to EU membership that will surely bring us closer to victory. Grateful to von der Leyen and all members of the European Commission for their historic decision. I expect a positive outcome from EUCO next week,” Zelenskyy wrote on His official Twitter account earlier today.
The Commission also proposed making Moldova a candidate for EU membership. Von der Leyen said Moldova is on a truly European pro-reform and anti-corruption path. However, she noted, the country still has a long way to go.