On Friday, the European Union granted Ukraine recommendation for the candidate status. “Ukraine has clearly shown commitment to live up to European values and standards. And embarked, before the war, on its way towards the EU,” President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said. She also said Ukraine had already implemented 70 percent of EU “rules, norms and standards” but noted that Kyiv had some more work to do when it comes to “the rule of law, oligarchs, anti-corruption and fundamental rights.” At the same time, it was told that “progress depends entirely on Ukraine.” Leaders from the 27-nation bloc are set to discuss the president’s recommendation next week in Brussels during a summit. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the EU’s proposal to grant candidacy status to Ukraine . Even with the commission’s backing, it will likely be years before member states are given the opportunity to approve Kyiv’s accession.
Moldova was too recommended “candidate status” because „it has the potential to live up to the criteria.” Georgia candidate status was delayed. The EU head advised the country to devise a plan that shows a “clear path towards structural reform.” “It is a huge step forward for Georgia to get the European perspective. This is a big achievement – and the door is wide open,” President of the European Commission declared.