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EU leaders grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status

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This decision immediately hailed by kyiv, taken at a summit of heads of state and government of the countries of theEU in Brussels, marks the beginning of a long and complex process with a view to accession.

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Georgia, which also aspires to join theEU, will still have to make reforms to obtain this status. The Twenty-Seven nevertheless recognized the perspective to one day join the Union.

Georgia’s future is in the EUsaid Charles Michel.

Three former Soviet republics

The leaders followed the Commission’s opinions delivered last week on these three former Soviet republics.

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This European Council is historicalalso declared German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on arriving at the summit.

Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia had submitted their candidature shortly after the outbreak of the war led by Moscow in Ukraine at the end of February.

Never theEU was so quick to grant this status, a further illustration of its solidarity with kyiv and Chisinau.

Several representatives of the Member States nevertheless warned that the Ukrainians should not have no illusions on quick access. Emmanuel Macron estimated in May that joining kyiv would take decades.

The Commission must make an initial assessment at the end of the year on the reforms requested of the two countries, which concern in particular the fight against corruption and the independence of the judiciary.

The next stage, the opening of official negotiations, will again require the unanimity of the Twenty-Seven.

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These negotiations are still not open for North Macedonia and Albania, candidates since 2005 and 2014 respectively. The Western Balkan countries also expressed their frustration on Thursday at the slowness of their accession process.

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