European Council to discuss Ukraine EU status at the next summit

7 June, 04:16 PM
The deputy chief-of-staff of the President's Office, Igor Zhovkva (Photo:president.gov.ua)

The deputy chief-of-staff of the President's Office, Igor Zhovkva (Photo:president.gov.ua)

Representatives of the European Council will discuss granting Ukraine the status of a candidate country of the EU during a meeting on June 23-24, said the deputy chief-of-staff of the President's Office, Igor Zhovkva, during a briefing on June 6.

“The European Council also noted that the European Commission is preparing to state a conclusion on Ukraine’s compliance with the Copenhagen criteria for EU membership,” Zhovkva said, adding that the conclusions are expected sometime within the next two weeks.

On June 6, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is awaiting an EU decision on its candidacy bid in the upcoming weeks.

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On February 28, Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine's accession to the EU. Zelensky said that after the Russian Federation started the full-scale invasion, Ukraine will apply to the European Union asking for an immediate accession, following a new special procedure.

On March 21, it became known that the European Commission began working on its conclusion regarding Ukraine's membership status in the EU. The conclusion of the European Commission will serve as a recommendation for the EU Council when it comes to deciding the further steps.

On April 8 during her visit to Kyiv, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen handed over to President Volodymyr Zelensky a questionnaire on Ukraine's compliance with the Copenhagen criteria - this is a necessary step for obtaining the status of a candidate for EU membership. Following Ukraine, questionnaires were also received by Moldova and Georgia.

Ukraine submitted the completed second half of the questionnaire to the European Commission on May 9.

Zelensky said that Ukraine expects to receive the status of a candidate for EU membership in June 2022.

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