EU: Summit decision: Ukraine is now an EU accession candidate

Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova are officially candidates for accession to the European Union. That was decided at a summit on Thursday.

At a summit in Brussels, the European Union decided that Ukraine should have the status of a EU accession candidates receives. In addition, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the other heads of government decided on Thursday to also grant Moldova the status of an applicant country, as Council President Charles Michel announced, thus beginning the accession process here as well.

The Belgian spoke of a “historic moment”. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen commented: “Today is a good day for Europe.”

Ukraine: candidate status is no guarantee of accession

With this step, the EU recognizes the efforts of the two countries to gain accession to the EU and wants to encourage them to continue on this path with determination. In view of the Russian war against his country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in particular has repeatedly called for such a message from the EU – also to show the more than 40 million citizens of his country that the fight for freedom and democracy is worthwhile.

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Even before the deliberations had broad support for the appropriate Recommendation of the EU Commission initialed. The decision had to be taken unanimously by all 27 states.

Candidate status is not a guarantee of speedy admission to the EU. According to a recommendation by the EU Commission, EU accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova should only begin once they have fulfilled further reform requirements. It is about judicial reforms and a stronger fight against corruption. (fmg/dpa)

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