Ukraine should continue reforms to combat corruption, the influence of oligarchs and support for minorities, otherwise the achievements in integration with the European Union will be canceled, the EC pointed out, recommending that it be granted candidate status
Candidate Member Status The European Union could be withdrawn from Ukraine if a number of conditions are not met, including strengthening the fight against top-level corruption and oligarchs, as well as reforming legislation regarding minorities. This is stated in the conclusion of the European Commission.
The Ukrainian authorities will also have to adopt laws on the procedure for selecting judges of the Constitutional Court, complete the selection of candidates for the creation of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges, conduct “active and effective” anti-corruption investigations, appoint new heads of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.
The introduction of specific legislation would have to limit “undue influence” oligarchs in public and political life, however, it should be implemented in a legally justified way, the document states. The Ukrainian authorities will also have to bring the country's legislation into line with the EU directive on audiovisual media services and empower an independent media regulator, which will allow “fighting the influence of vested interests.”
“Steps towards the European Union may be canceled if the basic conditions are no longer met”, — stressed in the European Commission, adding that they will monitor the progress of Kyiv in fulfilling these conditions, a detailed report on this is scheduled for the end of this year. adherence to European values and the sustainability of their own institutions that guarantee the rule of law, democracy, human rights, protection and respect for minorities.
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The European Commission recommended granting Ukraine candidate status on Friday, June 17. The head of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen, pointed out that the Ukrainian authorities have adopted tough laws against oligarchs and have implemented 70% of EU reform recommendations regarding minorities. “Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live with us in the European dream,— stated in the message of the EC in Telegram. The issue of the status of Ukraine will be discussed by the leaders of the EU countries at the summit at the end of next week, June 23–24.
“We have no right, after so many weeks of hostilities, to say to Ukrainians: “Come back later,” — emphasized French President Emmanuel Macron, noting, however, the process will take time. At the same time, Tbilisi considered that Georgia deserved the status of a candidate more than Ukraine. Prime Minister of the Republic Irakli Garibashvili clarified: “If the status is determined by war, we do not want war. We demand a well-deserved status.
Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that Moscow has never been against Ukraine's accession to the EU, speaking only against the “military development” of Ukraine. this country. At the same time, he criticized the thesis of “civilizational choice”; Kyiv. “The so-called civilizational choice” what is it, excuse me for bad manners, in FIG civilizational choice? They dug money from the Ukrainian people, hid it in banks and want to protect it, — Putin thinks.
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