EU leaders to consider Ukraine's application for EU membership in June

31 May, 01:19 PM
EU leaders at a summit meeting (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

EU leaders at a summit meeting (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

The leaders of the European Union will consider Ukraine's application for membership of the European Union at their next summit in June, the conclusions of the European Union on Ukraine after the first day of the May summit read.

According to Interfax-Ukraine, the European Union is taking into account the preparation of the conclusions of the European Commission on the Ukraine’s application for EU membership, as well as those for the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, and will return to this issue at its June meeting.

EU leaders also said that the EU remains committed to further strengthening Ukraine's ability to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

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“In this regard, the European Council welcomes the adoption of the recent decision of the Council to increase military support to Ukraine under the European Peace Facility,” the conclusions read.

In addition, EU leaders welcomed the decision to suspend import duties on all Ukrainian exports to the European Union for one year.

The day before, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an address to the European Council called for Ukraine to be granted the status of a candidate for EU membership in June.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine's accession to the EU on Feb. 28, four days after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of his country. After the full-scale Russian invasion, Ukraine will apply to the European Union for immediate accession under a new special procedure, he said.

On March 21, it was reported that the European Commission had begun work on a conclusion on Ukraine's membership of the EU. According to Zelensky, the conclusion of the European Commission will be prepared within a few months. It will be a recommendation for the EU Council to decide on the next steps.

During her visit to Kyiv on April 8, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen gave a questionnaire to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Ukraine's compliance with the Copenhagen criteria – a necessary step for obtaining the status of a candidate for accession to the EU. After Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia also received the questionnaires.

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

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