Ukraine's EU membership approved

Ukraine's application to join the European Union approved

UPGRADE DAY

The leaders of the 27 on Thursday recognized Ukraine and Moldova as candidates for the European Union, announced the President of the European Council Charles Michel, referring to a “historic moment” , in full Russian offensive. 

This decision immediately welcomed by Kyiv, taken at a summit of heads of state and government of EU countries in Brussels, marks the beginning of a long and complex process with a view to membership.

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“Today marks a crucial milestone on your path to the EU,” Charles Michel tweeted, congratulating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Moldovan President Maia Sandu, and their peoples. “We have a future together,” he said, also tweeting in the languages ​​of those countries.

Georgia, which also aspires to join the EU, will still have to make reforms to obtain this status. The Twenty-Seven have nevertheless recognized the “prospect” of joining the Union one day.

“Georgia's future is within the EU”, said Charles Michel.

The leaders followed the Commission's opinions delivered last week on these three former Soviet republics.

This European Council is “historic”, also declared German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in arriving at the top. 

Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had applied shortly after the outbreak of Moscow's war in Ukraine at the end of February. 

Never before has the EU been so quick to grant this status, a new illustration of its solidarity with Kyiv and Chisinau.

Several member state representatives nevertheless warned that the Ukrainians should “have no illusions” about joining quickly. Emmanuel Macron estimated in May that joining Kyiv would take “decades”.

Ukraine's EU membership application approved

Ukraine's application to join the European Union approved

The Commission must make an initial assessment of the end of the year on the reforms requested of the two countries, which concern in particular the fight against corruption and the independence of the judiciary.

The next step, the opening of official negotiations, will require again the unanimity of the Twenty-Seven.

These negotiations are still not open for North Macedonia and Albania, candidates since 2005 and 2014 respectively. The Western Balkan countries have moreover expressed Game di their frustration on the slowness of their membership process.