Amid the Russian-Ukrainian war, the European Commission recommended on Friday June 17 that Ukraine be officially named a “candidate” for EU membership. “Yes, Ukraine should be welcomed as a candidate country – this is based on the understanding that good work has been done but important work also remains to be done,” said Ursula von der Leyen.
The offer had to be approved by all 27 member states to be finalized. The move could pave a multi-year path to joining the bloc.
The day before, during their crucial visit to Kyiv on Thursday, European leaders had backed Ukraine’s candidacy to be accepted as a candidate for membership of the European Union.
French President Emmanuel Macron told a joint press conference with the Italian and German leaders that “all four of us support immediate candidate status for membership”.
Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Ukraine by train to show their support for the war-torn nation. They were later joined in Kyiv by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was present at the press conference, promised the nation was ready to work towards becoming a full member of the EU.
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