EU Commission recommends Ukraine be granted candidate status – Bloomberg

17 June, 02:31 PM
The European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova be granted candidate status (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

The European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova be granted candidate status (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

The European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova be granted candidate status in a symbolic step on the long path to the eastern European countries become members of the European Union, the Bloomberg news agency quoted two people familiar with the matter as saying in June 17.

The EU's executive arm approved it on June 17, along with conditions that the pair will have to meet in the future on the rule of law, justice and anti-corruption, the sources said.

The final decision to grant the status will have to be approved by all 27 member states.

The European Commission's conclusion will be a recommendation to the EU Council to decide on the next steps.

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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 EU candidate status. Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna has previously noted that three countries within the bloc oppose the idea. According to media reports, these are Austria and Denmark.

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 leaders of the European Parliament factions on June 9 called on the European Union to grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status, as well as to work on granting the same status to Georgia.

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