EU leaders approve candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova

President of the European Council Charles Michel
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At the summit in Brussels, the heads of state and government of the European Union approved granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates for joining the union. This was announced on Thursday, June 23, by the head of the European Council, Charles Michel.

“The agreement has been reached. The European Council has just decided to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova,” Michel said. The European Council will take further steps after both countries fulfill the conditions that were formulated by the European Commission.

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel also announced a positive decision for Ukraine and Moldova, writes RIA Novosti.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo said before the start of the European summit that Ukraine’s accession to the European Union would require huge reforms, and granting the country the status of an EU candidate is symbolic. “Obviously, for Ukraine it will be a long road with huge reforms that will take a long time,” he said.

The European Commission also called Ukraine the conditions for withdrawing the status of a candidate in the EU. The Ukrainian authorities should carry out judicial reform and introduce laws that prevent oligarchy, corruption, money laundering, change the legislation on national minorities. In addition, media law needs to be harmonized with the EU directive on audiovisual media services.

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