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Ukraine’s candidacy: the European Commission will deliver its opinion in June

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“The European Commission of the EU intends to deliver its opinion in June,” tweeted Ursula von der Leyen. On 7 March the EU launched the procedure for examining membership applications submitted by Ukraine, but also by Georgia and Moldova, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The European Commission intends to give its opinion in June on Ukraine’s obtaining EU candidate status, likely to pave the way for a long process of negotiations requiring the agreement of the Twenty-Seven, announced on Monday Ursula von der Leyen. “We are looking forward to receiving (Ukraine’s) responses to the EU membership questionnaire. The EU European Commission intends to deliver its opinion in June,” the President of the EU tweeted. Commission.

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On 7 March the EU launched the procedure for examining membership applications submitted by Ukraine, but also by Georgia and Moldova, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On 18th April Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed the hope of obtaining this candidate status for his country “in the weeks to come”. He thanked Brussels for its speed, noting that usually obtaining EU candidate status “takes years”. Volodymyr Zelensky then sent the EU ambassador to Ukraine, Matti Maasikas, two voluminous files constituting the application for entry into the EU.

Romania, which joined the EU in 2007, submitted its application on June 22, 1995 and the Commission’s opinion was delivered on July 15, 1997. Once the Commission’s opinion has been expressed, discussions begin between the candidate country and the European executive, before the opening of official accession negotiations which require the unanimous agreement of the Twenty-Seven.

Five current candidate countries

Integration into the EU is a long-term process to bring the legislation of the candidate country closer to European law. It requires complex negotiations on many subjects and criteria that are difficult to meet for a country at war, such as political stability and a viable market economy. At a March summit in Versailles, EU heads of state and government ruled out Ukraine’s early EU membership, while opening the door to closer ties.

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Five countries are currently officially EU candidates, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania and Turkey.

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