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European leaders approve the candidatures of Ukraine and Moldova for their integration into the EU

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Ukraine and Moldova’s accession to the European Union would come in the long term and after carrying out the structural reforms required by the European Commission.

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Euskaraz irakurri: Europar Batasuneko agintariek Ukrainaren eta Moldaviaren integraziorako hautagaitzak onartu dituzte

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The leaders of the European Union have agreed this Thursday grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status to join the European bloc. This is an unprecedented decision given that they have accepted the candidacy of a country at war and following the opinion of the European Commission, which last week endorsed taking this step.

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However, in order to complete the accession process, both countries must carry out the structural reforms that the EC has demanded of them in terms of judicial independence, the fight against corruption and organized crime or when applying the law that limits the power of the oligarchs.

Georgia He also requested the status of a candidate to join the EU, but the European Council has not granted it so far.

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The decision has been advanced by the Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Betelin a social media post, shortly before the President of the European Council, Charles Michaeland the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der LeyenThey will confirm it in two messages.

“Agreement. The European Council has just decided on the candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova. A historic moment that marks a crucial step on their path to the EU,” said Michel, in a message congratulating the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyand the Moldovan president, maia sandu. “Our future is joint,” she stressed.

For his part, Von der Leyen celebrated that “today is a good day for Europe” and he has expressed his congratulations to Zelenski and Sandu, as well as to Georgia, a country whose European perspective they recognize, but they ask for more structural reforms before taking the next step. “Your countries are part of the European family and the leaders’ historic decision confirms this,” she said.

The granting of the status is a “historical fact at the moment in which we live in this war decided by Russia against Ukraine,” French President Emmanuel Macron stressed.

The speed with which the EU has accepted the candidatures of Ukraine and Moldova contrasts with the deadlock in the accession process with the Western Balkanswith whose leaders the EU Heads of State and Government also met this morning, without a clear path forward.


Source: Eitb

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