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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, before the summit of EU leaders called on the participants to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for joining the Union.
She stated this during a speech in the European Parliament, channel 24 reports. She noted that Ukraine is the only country where people were shot for wrapping themselves in a European banner.
Why Ukraine Should Get Candidate Status
Ukraine went through hell and high water for one simple reason – its desire to join the European Union. The European Commission responded unambiguously to this desire, said Ursula von der Leyen.
The commission's decision recognizes Ukraine's aspirations and the tremendous progress that Ukrainian democracy has made since the 2014 Euromaidan protests, she said. And it was accepted after careful evaluation. The Commission believes that Ukraine deserves a European perspective, as well as candidate status, provided that the country pursues a number of further important reforms.
“Ukraine proved that it was on the right track even before the war. Over the past few years, “The country has undergone more reforms than in recent decades. Thanks to the Association Agreement of 2016, Ukraine has already implemented about 70% of EU laws, norms and standards. Ukraine is already participating in many important EU programs, such as Horizon Europe and Erasmus,” the President said. .
She stressed that Ukraine is a strong parliamentary democracy and has a well-functioning public administration. There are free and fair elections in the country and an active civil society that holds the government accountable.
What needs to be changed
But, according to her, Ukrainians still have a lot of work to do – fighting corruption and with the excessive influence of the oligarchs on the economy.
“The next section of history is being written today by the brave people of Ukraine, and all of us who must accompany them on the European path. Again, this is a moment for Europe. And we must catch it,” she stressed.
Candidate status for accession to the EU for Ukraine
On June 17, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine and Moldova candidate status. But Georgia was refused.
Ukraine was prescribed seven requirements that it must fulfill in order not to lose its new status and move forward to the next stage of the EU accession procedure. Among them: the reform of the Constitutional Court, the continuation of judicial reform, the fight against corruption, including the appointment of the head of the SAP, the fight against money laundering, the implementation of the anti-oligarchic law, the harmonization of audiovisual legislation with the European one, and the change in legislation on national minorities.
According to the draft decision , which got into the network, EU leaders at the summit in Brussels on June 23-24 will approve the recommendation of the European Commission on granting Ukraine and Moldova candidate status for joining the European Union.