MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution on granting Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates for EU membership as soon as possible. The message is published on the parliament’s website.
“With 529 votes in favor, 45 against and 14 abstentions, the parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution calling on the heads of state who will hold the summit today and tomorrow to grant the status of candidates for EU membership to Ukraine and Moldova without delay,” the statement says.
The parliamentarians also called for Georgia to be given the status of an EU candidate promptly, but noted that this should happen after the necessary reforms.
The statement of the European Parliament noted that there should not be an accelerated procedure for joining the EU. All candidate countries must meet the necessary membership criteria.
Ukraine applied to join the European Union a few days after the start of the Russian military operation. After her, the authorities of Georgia and Moldova did it. Kiev has repeatedly called for granting the republic membership under an accelerated procedure, but this procedure was disputed by some members of the association.
On June 17, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine the status of a candidate to the European Union. As the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, noted, the country “clearly showed the desire and determination to comply with European values and standards.” The chairman of the commission pointed out that Kiev has adopted tough laws against oligarchs and fulfilled 70% of the recommendations of the European Union on reforms regarding minority rights.
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The final decision on Ukraine’s membership in the EU, according to Bloomberg, will be announced at the summit of community leaders on June 23–24. The publication noted that all leaders agree to grant Ukraine such a status.
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