EU ministers and diplomats said today that Ukraine is preparing to become a candidate for EU membership on June 23.
According to Reuters, EU leaders who are currently in Brussels are expected to sign the recommendation made by the European Commission last week.
Three diplomats told Reuters that after several days of internal discussions, no opposition emerged among the 27 member states regarding the candidate’s status for Ukraine, TheSchengen.com reports.
Luxembourg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, said before a meeting with other EU ministers.
Denmark’s Foreign Minister, Jeppe Kofod, explained that despite some doubts among some countries that accepting Ukraine is unrealistic, he welcomes granting Ukraine the status of candidacy.
Kofud said Denmark strongly supports the decision to grant Ukraine candidate status.
“We want to help Ukraine realize its European dream,” Kofud said.
Although the status of the candidacy would represent a strategic shift, it will likely take Kyiv years to become a member of the bloc.
On June 17, the European Union Commission proposed granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate. The news regarding the recommendation was announced by the President of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
Von der Leyen said Ukraine had demonstrated its determination and ambition to live up to EU standards and values.
Ukraine has clearly demonstrated its commitment to fulfilling European values and standards. Von der Leyen wrote on her official Twitter account on June 17 and, before the war, embarked on her way to the European Union.
In addition, von der Leyen noted that Ukraine has already implemented the majority of norms, standards and norms. However, it was emphasized that work remains to be done on rules of law, anti-corruption, and fundamental rights, among others.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the EU Commission’s recommendation. He said EU membership would certainly bring Ukraine closer to victory.
Apart from Ukraine, the commission recommended that candidate status be given to Moldova as well. The Commission stressed that Moldova will undertake many important reforms in its economy and public administration.
The commission said it hoped the country’s leaders would stay on track because Moldova has the potential to achieve its European goals.