All 27 member states of the European Union intend to formally approve granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership.
Source: Bloomberg reporters
“The European Union’s 27 member states are set to formally grant Ukraine candidate status later this week, following a Monday meeting of EU ambassadors where nobody opposed the decision, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Last week, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine this status, which is the first but very symbolic step on the long path to EU membership. At the same time, Ukraine will be obliged to implement a number of reforms related to the rule of law, justice and the fight against corruption.
“The status is particularly significant for Ukraine, which has invested so much of its political future on a closer relationship with Europe as it seeks moral support in countering Russian aggression.”
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna also said that granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union has a full consensus among EU leaders.
EU leaders will meet in Brussels on June 23-24.