EU summit decides on candidate status for Ukraine

At a summit in Brussels this Thursday (3 p.m.), the European Union will decide whether Ukraine, which has been attacked by Russia, will have the status of an EU accession candidate. Ahead of the deliberations of the heads of state and government, there are signs of broad support for a corresponding recommendation from the EU Commission. However, the decision must be taken unanimously by all 27 states.

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In addition to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are also waiting for the prospect of EU membership. The Commission also recommends candidate status for Moldova. Georgia should only get it when it meets certain reform requirements. All three countries had officially applied for EU membership shortly after the start of the Russian war against Ukraine.

The heads of state and government are also expected to discuss how Ukraine can be further supported in the war. An additional 500 million euros for new weapons deliveries are under discussion. Already in the morning (9.30 a.m.) a summit of the EU and the states of the western Balkans will deal with the EU perspective of Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Montenegro. (dpa)

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