Bloomberg learned about the EU’s readiness to grant Ukraine candidate status

According to the agency, the European Union will announce the granting of candidate status to Ukraine at the summit of EU leaders on June 23-24

All participants in the Council of the European Union (EU) meeting in Luxembourg supported the decision to officially grant Ukraine the status of a candidate to join the union , according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with it.

According to the agency, this step will be carried out this week, at the EU leaders' summit on June 23-24. In addition, the countries are also ready to give candidate status to Moldova, as well as Georgia, however, subject to additional conditions.

Bloomberg interlocutors also reported that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban asked to give candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but other EU members considered the sentence is “problematic”.

On June 17, the EC recommended granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for the European Union. As the head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, noted, the country “clearly showed the desire and determination to comply with European values ​​​​and standards.” The chair of the commission pointed out that Kyiv has passed tough laws against oligarchs and implemented 70% of the EU recommendations on reforms in relation to minorities.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the European Commission for the recommendation, pointing out that this is “the first step towards membership in the EU”, which will bring “victory” closer Kyiv.

As follows from the conclusion of the EC, Ukraine will have to continue strengthening the fight against top-level corruption and oligarchs, as well as reforming legislation regarding minorities. In addition, Kyiv will need to adopt laws on the procedure for selecting judges of the Constitutional Court and complete the selection of candidates for the creation of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges. If these conditions are not met, the candidate's status may be revoked.

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Ukraine applied for EU membership a few days after the start of the Russian military operation. The authorities of the country have repeatedly called for granting it membership under an accelerated procedure, but this decision was disputed by some members of the association, in particular the Netherlands.

The final decision on the issue of Ukraine, the leaders of the EU countries will take on June 23 & ndash; 24 June at a summit in Brussels, positively all 27 Member States must speak.

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