The EU summit has begun in Brussels. Ukraine expects candidate status from him

The EU summit has begun in Brussels. Ukraine expects candidate status from him

The EU summit has started in Brussels. Ukraine expects him to become a candidate

  The EU summit has begun in Brussels. Ukraine expects candidate status from him

The EU summit opened in Brussels on Thursday. It will last two days. It is expected that the leaders of the EU states will decide to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of EU candidate countries. Earlier, the European Commission gave such a recommendation.

“Historic events are taking place,” said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, before the summit. She noted that it is not only about Russia's aggression against Ukraine, but also about the applications filed after the Russian invasion by Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to join the EU. According to her, “the wind of change has blown again” in Europe.

On Friday, it will be 4 months since the beginning of the Russian armed invasion of Ukraine. Fighting continues with great intensity, primarily in the east of the country. Both Brussels and Kyiv recognize that the decision to grant Ukraine candidate status is, first of all, a symbol of support for the country in the face of Russian aggression, and that the path to Ukraine's accession to the EU will be long and difficult. However, Kyiv emphasizes the importance of this step, which President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky called “a step from darkness into light.”

Ukraine and Moldova will be given full candidate status – such as a number of Western Balkan countries and Turkey have, however negotiations with them will depend on the fulfillment of a number of conditions related to the fight against corruption and the strengthening of the rule of law. A possible date for their entry into the EU has not yet been named, even theoretically, politicians are talking about a ten-year or even longer period. Georgia will not be granted the status of a candidate – it, unlike Ukraine and Moldova, has put forward preconditions.