The EU gives Ukraine the status of a candidate and “starts a long journey together”

European Union leaders allowed on Thursday Ukraine The coveted position of official candidates to join clubs in their 27 countries, a bold geopolitical step welcomed by Kyiv and the EU itself as a “historic moment”.

It may take Ukraine The decision to formally accept it as a candidate for more than a decade of finally joining the block is a symbol of the EU’s intention to reach deep into the former Soviet Union.

“Ukrainians belong to European families. UkraineThe future is in the EU. ” “Today is the beginning of a long journey we walk with.”

Russian invasion Ukraine He urged Kyiv to formally apply for candidate status, and the EU urged immediate approval.

“”UkraineUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed and tweeted the EU’s decision as a “unique and historic moment.”

Six years from the day after the Britons resolved to leave the EU, UkraineNeighboring Moldova was also given the status of a candidate, and another former Soviet state, Georgia, was said to be the same if more conditions were met.

EU leaders emphasize that these countries have a lot of “homework” to do, and Brock will deal with it after starting the most ambitious expansion since the joining of Eastern European countries after the Cold War. It may be necessary to change the mechanism for this.

“I, they(Ukraine Moldova) will act as quickly as possible and strive as much as possible to implement the necessary reforms, “EU Commission Chief Ursula von der Reyen said at a press conference.

“Signal to Moscow”

The EU green light is “a signal to Moscow. Ukraine, And other countries of the former Soviet Union cannot belong to Russia’s sphere of influence. “ UkraineEU Ambassador to the EU, Vsevolod Chentsov, told Reuters early Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his “special military operation” Ukraine In late February, it was partially needed by a western invasion of what Russia has characterized as its legitimate geographic sphere of influence.

Behind the Victory Rhetoric on Grants Ukraine Regarding the status of Moldova’s candidates, there are concerns about how the block can be consistent as it continues to grow within the EU. Read the full text

After being established in 1951 as an organization of six countries to regulate industrial production, the EU now has 27 member states, facing complex challenges from climate change and the rise of China to the war at its doorstep. doing.

Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz said this week that the EU must “reform internal procedures” to prepare for new members, calling for a key issue to agree with a qualified majority rather than unanimously. It pointed out.

Unanimous requirements often frustrate the EU’s ambitions, as member states can block or weaken decisions.

Frustration on the Balkan Peninsula

Hesitation in EU enlargement has slowed progress towards joining groups of Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia).

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed their dissatisfaction and when he arrived at the meeting, he said: UkraineIt is good to give the status of the candidate, but I hope the Ukrainian people do not have much illusion about this. “

The draft summit statement showed that EU leaders once again give “a complete and clear commitment to the perspective of Western Balkans joining the EU.”

However UkraineThe rapid transition to formal candidate status only helped to increase the sense that they were on the sidelines, which is the EU’s risk that Russia and China will expand their influence in the Balkan region. Brings. Read the full textRead the full text

Despite being shaken by the immigration crisis in recent years, as with Brexit, unions remain popular, and this week’s survey shows that EU accession approval is the highest in 15 years.

But as Russia tightens its gas supply in response to the sanctions imposed on its actions, public dissatisfaction is rising over inflation and the energy crisis. Ukraine – Issues to be discussed on the second day of the Friday Summit.

(Reuters) The EU gives Ukraine the status of a candidate and “starts a long journey together”

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