The EU summit approved granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates for accession
The heads of European countries approved granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates for membership in European Union (EU) at the summit held in Brussels June 23. Head announced this European Council Charles Michel on your Twitter.
In addition, Michel said that the EU summit is ready to grant the status of a candidate for joining the union to Georgia. However, for this Tbilisi a number of conditions must be met, RIA News.
Chapter European Commission Ursula von der Leyen stressed that Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia have to do “homework” in order to move on to the next stage of integration into the European community. According to her, reforms are necessary, first of all, for the countries themselves, as “it is good for their development.”
Ukraine and Moldova called the decision historic
President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky welcomed the decision of European leaders and called this moment “unique and historic”. He also thanked the head of the European Council Charles Michel, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and all the leaders of European countries.
The future of Ukraine in the EU
Similarly, the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, reacted to the news. She also called the past day historic for the country. “Without a doubt, this is a strong signal of support for our citizens and the European future of Moldova,” Sandu wrote, adding that Moldova would be grateful for help in moving forward on the reform path.
Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister of Moldova Nikolai Popescu said that the decision of the EU countries opens a new page in the history of the country. According to him, from now on, the authorities have more work to do to reform Moldova, eradicate corruption, improve justice, and reform the economy according to European standards. Speaker of the Parliament of Moldova Igor Grosu thanked the European Union for the decision, adding that the country has a “long way to go”. “And we are more determined than ever to return home to the European Union,” he concluded.
Macron saw the EU decision as a signal for Russia
On the other hand, the President of France Emmanuel Macron notedthat the recognition of the European perspective of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia “is a strong signal towards Russia in the current geopolitical context.” “Especially in view of the decision on the status of candidates for entry for Ukraine and Moldova,” he stressed.
At the same time, the Austrian Chancellor Carl Nehammer did not see in the decision of the European countries involvement in a military conflict with Russia. In his opinion, some Austrian citizens may adhere to such a position. “I think that people need to ensure security in this matter,” he added.
Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki stated that by deciding to grant candidate status, the European Union assumes responsibility for Ukraine. “Today, Ukraine sees that it can count on Poland as an effective ally, one that, after three months of difficult diplomatic efforts, has achieved its goal,” he said, adding that “today all of Europe is with Ukraine in its struggle for freedom.”
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said that the EU enlargement policy has changed and has received a new impetus. He also assured that Moldova would receive any necessary assistance from Romania. The Prime Minister of Slovakia Edward Heger called the EU’s decision “an extremely happy development”. In his opinion, the fact that Ukraine received candidate status just a few weeks after the first proposal speaks of a new dynamic in the activities of the European Union.