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EU sees Ukraine’s candidate status as ‘defining moment’ and ‘geopolitical choice’

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FILE – EU flag during a protest in the German city of Munich against the Russian invasion of Ukraine – Felix Hörhager/dpa – File

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European Union leaders are preparing this Thursday to officially grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status to join the club, a decision the 27 are hailing as a “defining moment” rather than a “geopolitical one.” Decision” defend only to support these countries against Russia, but also in terms of security for the European Union.

“This is a crucial moment, a geopolitical decision that will jeopardize the future of the European Union, our stability and our prosperity,” European Council President Charles Michel announced of a decision that means for the bloc to make it happen candidate status for a country at war for the first time in its history.

The Twenty-Seven plan to support the European Executive’s recommendation this Thursday calling for candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova “assuming” they embark on a series of deep reforms while postponing the decision on Georgia until later, a country that recognizes the European perspective but calls for further reforms before taking the next step.

Upon arrival, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas welcomed the move the 27 will take after admitting she is “skeptical” the EU will reach the point where Kiev’s bid to join the EU will be accepted , while their Irish colleague Micheal Martin has assessed that this is a “very significant moment for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia in terms of the European perspective”.

“Today, the European Union sends a message of solidarity to the citizens of Ukraine,” added Martin, who claims to have “taken the transformative decision” to embark on the European path.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has also agreed, calling it a “historic moment” to give Ukraine candidate status and send a “strong signal” amid the Russian invasion. “It doesn’t mean that joining Europe will be quick, it will take a long time, but the signal is important,” he warned.


For her part, the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, has described the EU enlargement policy as a “transformation process” for the countries that consider the EU “their homeland” and welcomed the fact that the EU will grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova and the European perspective for Georgia.

“Today is a special historical day because we have a war on our continent and we will grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova,” continued Metsola, for whom “in wartime” the enlargement policy must also be a way for the EU, its to stabilize the “geopolitical security situation”.

Simultaneously with the Brussels summit, the plenary session of the European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting the European perspective of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia and daring the move in the context of the “brutal aggression” of Vladimir Putin’s regime against Ukraine to become a candidate for the grant to Ukraine and Moldova.

By 529 votes in favour, 45 against and 14 abstentions, MEPs say that activating this process means “leadership, determination and vision” on the part of the EU, although they also agree with leaders that ” there is no “quick track” for admission to the Community Club and that the process should be based on the “merit” of the countries that meet the established criteria.

In this context, the plenary session of the European Parliament encourages the governments of these countries to unequivocally “demonstrate their political determination to realize the European ambitions of their people” and to accelerate the pace of reforms in order to meet the accession criteria as soon as possible.

Source europapress.es

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