The decision to grant Ukraine EU candidate status draws its victory in the war against Russia closer, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Twitter on June 17.
"I welcome the positive conclusion of the European Commission on granting Ukraine candidate status,” Zelensky tweeted.
“This is the first step towards EU membership, which will undoubtedly bring us closer to victory. We thank (European Commission) President Ursula von der Leyen and each member of the EC for a historic decision. I’m expecting a positive outcome from the EU Council next week.”
The Commission's opinion will serve as a recommendation to the EU Council to decide on the next steps.
Next, Ukraine's application to join the European Union will be discussed at the level of European leaders in the European Council.
At the same time, some EU countries oppose granting Ukraine candidate status. Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olga Stefanishyna said that three countries oppose it. According to media reports, Austria and Denmark are among them.
The European Parliament on June 8 supported a resolution calling for Ukraine to become a candidate for EU membership, with 438 MEPs voting in favor. The next day, the leaders of the European Parliament factions called on the European Union to grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status, as well as to do more work on granting the same status to Georgia.