European Parliament to recommend that EU leaders grant Ukraine candidate status at June summit

8 June, 12:50 PM
European Union countries (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

European Union countries (Photo:REUTERS/Yves Herman)

David McAllister, chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, said he would recommend that EU leaders grant Ukraine candidate status at the bloc’s summit on June 23-24, the Ukrinform news agency reported on June 7.

"In our recommendations to the EU Council and the High Representative, we assess the EU's initiatives in this area and provide concrete proposals for moving forward,” he stated during a session of the European Parliament.

“We have identified eight key points to be taken into account during the European Council meeting on June 23-24 and the next NATO summit in Madrid on June 29-30.”

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In particular, the European Parliament's proposals include:

  • rapid implementation of the EU’s Strategic Compass, in particular in terms of developing the operational capabilities of the EU Rapid Deployment Capacity;
  • reviewing and directing EU missions and operations under the Common Security and Defence Policy, adapting them to new geopolitical realities, in particular, to provide appropriate support to the governments of Ukraine and Moldova;
  • the swift completion of the third Joint Declaration on EU-NATO Cooperation, the harmonization of the provisions of the EU’s Strategic Compass and NATO’s new Strategic Concept, to ensure their complementarity;
  • revision of the European Neighborhood Policy in order to deeply assess the impact of Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine on cooperation within the Eastern Partnership and on strengthening the EU's enlargement policy;
  • the active involvement of the European Parliament in the proper implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), including the implementation of the EU’s Strategic Compass and the European Peace Facility;
  • providing the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy with adequate financial resources in order to increase its efficiency and reliability.

On February 28, Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine's accession to the EU. He said that after the full-scale invasion of Russia, Ukraine will apply to the European Union for immediate accession under a new special procedure.

On March 21, it was reported that the European Commission had begun work on a conclusion on Ukraine's candidacy for the EU. The European Commission's conclusion will be a recommendation to the EU Council to decide on the next steps.

During a visit to Kyiv on April 8, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented President Volodymyr Zelensky with a questionnaire on Ukraine's compliance with the Copenhagen criteria, a necessary step in gaining EU candidate status. Moldova and Georgia followed suit.

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

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

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