Ukraine Slated To Become Candidate For EU Membership Officially

EU ministers and diplomats have made an announcement in which it is stated that Ukraine is set to obtain official candidacy for an European Union member.

It’s reported that the EU leaders who are now present in Brussels are anticipated to approve the recommendation made by the European Commission in the previous week. Reportedly, there stood no opposition among the 27 member states concerning Ukraine’s candidate status following a few days of closed discussion.

Prior to a meeting with other EU ministers, Jean Asselborn, the foreign affairs minister of Luxembourg, stated: “We are working towards the point where we tell Putin that Ukraine belongs to Europe, that we will also defend the values that Ukraine defends.”

Despite the fact that there are doubts regarding the possibility of admitting Ukraine into the EU, Jeppe Kofod, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, stated that he embraces Ukraine obtaining EU membership.

He also inferred that the call to give Ukraine EU membership was met with full support from Denmark: “We want to help Ukraine to achieve its European dream.”

Although Ukraine attaining the candidacy status would be a monumental change, it would take years for Kyiv to officially join the union.

Previously, on June 17, the EU Commission filed a petition for Ukraine’s EU candidacy. The news regarding the proposal was announced by Ursula von der Leyen, head of the EU Commission.

She said in a post on her Twitter account that Ukraine had proven that it was resolute to uphold the standards and ideals of the EU. She expressed her support by wearing a blue shirt and a yellow blazer, the colours on Ukraine’s flag.

She wrote: “We recommend giving Ukraine the candidate status, on the understanding that the country will carry out a number of important reforms. Ukraine has clearly shown commitment to live up to European values and standards. And embarked, before the war, on its way towards the EU.”

Furthermore, she mentioned that up to 70% of rules, standards, and norms have been established in Ukraine. Nonetheless, she said that there are still works, namely the rules of law, anti-corruption, and fundamental rights, etc. to be done.

A number of member states have expressed their support for the decision, including France, Germany, and Italy.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, welcomed the EU Commission's recommendation. He stated that EU membership would be a fundamental step towards victory in the ongoing conflict.

Zelenskyy believes that the decision will prove vital in ending the current war with Russia. Image from Pexels.

In addition, he thanked the commission for the “historic decision”. “I expect the positive result from #EUCO next week,” shared Zelenskyy on his twitter account.

It’s worth noting that Ukraine has been striving to obtain EU membership since 2014.

On a different note, Moldova and Georgia, who submitted their applications on March 3rd, were also recently considered for candidate status alongside Ukraine by the EU Commission. Ukraine presented its application earlier, on February 28th.

It’s stressed that numerous crucial reforms will have to be made in Moldova’s economy and public administration. The Commission expressed their hopes in the country’s leaders to stay on track to propel Moldova to the desired EU candidate. 

The Member States will not determine unanimously whether Ukraine and Moldova should be included based on the opinions of the EU Commission. Other candidates include Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Turkey. Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina are potential candidates.

Khoa Pham

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