Zelensky aim to get EU candidate status for Ukraine by June

10 May, 04:59 PM
Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo:Office of the President)

Volodymyr Zelensky (Photo:Office of the President)

Ukraine may obtained EU candidate status by June of this year, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address on Facebook on May 9.

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The Ukrainian leader stressed that Ukraine had submitted the second part of the completed questionnaire required to become a candidate for membership on May 9, a process which normally takes many months.

"… We have done everything in a matter of weeks… In June, I expect to receive an affirmative response regarding our country's candidate status for EU membership," the President said.

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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 became known that the European Commission had begun work on a conclusion on Ukraine's potential membership in the EU. According to Zelensky, the conclusion of the European Commission will be prepared within a few months. It will act as a recommendation for the EU Council to decide on the next steps.

During her visit to Kyiv on April 8, EC chief 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 also received questionnaires, after Ukraine.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has also stated that Ukraine expects to acquire the status of a candidate for EU membership no later than June 2022.

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