23 June, 03:46 PM

European Parliament passes resolution to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine, Moldova

The European Parliament on June 23 passed a resolution in support of granting the EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, Ukraine's Center for Strategic Communications, or Stratcom, reported on the Telegram messenger.

A final decision on granting the status should be made at the EU summit currently taking place in Brussels.

Prominent news agencies, including Reuters and Bloomberg, a few days before the summit in Brussels wrote, citing their sources, that the European Union was this time acting as a united front, and that all 27 leaders of countries are ready to grant Ukraine EU candidate status.

The European Commission, led by its president, Ursula von der Leyen, on June 17 recommended granting such a status to Ukraine and Moldova, while saying the situation and state of reforms in Georgia ruled it out of gaining candidate status for now.

However, it is up to the leaders of the 27 EU countries to make the ultimate decision.

A few days after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, on Feb. 28, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed Ukraine's application for membership of the European Union, which was sent to Brussels on the same day. Following Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova also submitted their bids to join the EU.

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