The European Commission next week will support granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for joining the European Union.
Bloomberg writes about this, citing sources.
After the adoption of such a decision by the European Commission, in order to grant the status of a candidate to Ukraine, this will have to be supported by all EU countries.
At the same time, the European Commission has prepared two draft decisions on granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership - positive and negative. The issuance of an opinion by the European Commission on the Ukrainian application was originally scheduled for June 15, but then it was postponed to the 17th.
European Pravda writes about this, referring to a statement by Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Olga Stefanishina .
Plan B, which is being promoted by several capitals, stipulates that the conditions will be put forward now, and until they are met, Ukraine will be a "candidate for candidates." The list of conditions is proposed to be written in the conclusions of the European Commission. At the summit, in this case, Ukraine will be informed that it ... receives a legally recognized membership perspective .
Among the countries opposed to granting Ukraine candidate status without additional conditions, the publication names the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden . The last two states can put forward demands to Kyiv in the field of anti-corruption reforms.
Bloomberg notes that until recently, the Netherlands did not support the admission of Ukraine. Denmark believes that Ukraine does not sufficiently meet the criteria related to the stability of democratic institutions, the rule of law, respect for human rights and the protection of minorities. Germany, in turn, announced the possibility of granting a “conditional” candidate status to Ukraine.
According to European Pravda, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will visit Ukraine in the near future. She plans to give Kyiv a number of recommendations, the implementation of which will help to obtain candidate status immediately, without additional conditions.
Granting Ukraine the status of a candidate will be discussed by the leaders of the countries of the bloc in Brussels on June 23-24.
In case of granting candidate status, the official procedure for joining the EU will begin. However, the process can take more than 10 years. The last country to join the bloc, Croatia, was in the status of a candidate for 10 years before being officially admitted to the European Union.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky officially applied for EU membership at the end of February. In April, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during her visit to Kyiv, gave the Ukrainian leader a questionnaire about membership in the bloc.