European Union grants Ukraine candidate status

24 June, 12:10 PM
Ukrainians demonstrating in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, June 23, 2022. (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Ukrainians demonstrating in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, June 23, 2022. (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

The leaders of the 27 EU countries, at the European Council summit on June 23, supported granting EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, tweeted on June 23.

Georgia was not granted candidate status, despite also being given an EU membership questionnaire, the European Council president added.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, emphasized that Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia have work to do before moving to the next stage of the process.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky said that he sincerely commends the EU leaders' decision.

"It's a unique and historical moment in Ukraine-EU relations,” he wrote in a Tweet.

“Grateful to Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen and EU leaders for support. Ukraine's future is within the EU.”

Moldovan President Maia Sandu also called June 23 a historic day for the country, adding that the EU's decision is"an unequivocal and strong signal of support for our citizens and Moldova's European future."

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry stated that Ukraine would immediately begin preparations for integration into European structures and EU membership. Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and EU Foreign Affairs High Commissioner Josep Borrell recorded a joint address welcoming the historic decision.

Earlier on June 23, the European Parliament passed a resolution in support of granting EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova.

The European Commission on June 17 recommended granting EU candidacy to Ukraine and Moldova, while saying the situation and state of reforms in Georgia ruled out it gaining candidate status for now.

A few days after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, on Feb. 28, President Zelensky signed Ukraine's application for membership of the European Union, which was sent to Brussels on the same day. Following Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova also submitted their bids to join the EU.

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