Bloomberg learned about the plans of the EC to recommend the status of candidates to three countries
The European Commission is going to recommend granting Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia the status of EU candidates under certain conditions,
The European Commission is going to recommend granting Ukraine and Moldova candidate status for EU accession, subject to certain conditions in the future, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter.
The requirements relate to the rule of law and the fight against corruption. Georgia will be able to receive such a status on the same conditions.
The fact that the European Commission is inclined to propose granting Ukraine the status of a state— EU candidate, Politico wrote on June 13. According to Bloomberg, several countries have already objected, in particular Denmark and the Netherlands.
The EC is to decide on Ukraine's application on June 17, after which the issue will be discussed by EU leaders on June 23–24.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky applied to join the European Union in late February, days after the start of the Russian military operation. In early March, the example of Kyiv was followed by Georgia and Moldova. According to Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, his country more than Ukraine and Moldova deserves the status of a candidate for the European Union, because “by ten goals” ahead of Kyiv and Chisinau and even « some EU countries».
Russia initially did not object to Ukraine's accession to the EU, but subsequently changed its attitude. In particular, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the European Union was “merging” with NATO and “following in its footsteps.” He questioned the harmlessness of Kyiv's desire to become a member of the union. The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, speaking about the chances of Ukraine to join the EU, in turn, indicated that “to promise” does not mean getting married.
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