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BRUSSELS, June 21 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Member States of the European Union welcomed without objection the European Commission’s favorable opinion on the accession of Ukraine to the European Union, which claims the status of a candidate for Kyiv, during a first debate at the level of the ambassadors of the 27.
European sources consulted by Europa Press indicate that the first debate on Brussels’ opinion on the accession of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia resulted in unanimous support for the idea of granting candidate country status to Ukraine and Moldova as condition linked to a number of important reforms in the judiciary and in the fight against corruption.
For example, no member state disagreed with Brussels’ opinion at the first technical-level meeting of the 27 ambassadors to the EU, held late Monday in Luxembourg, various sources have indicated.
In that sense, they see the issue at the expense of the June 23-24 summit of European leaders, where leaders will have the final say on the option to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova.
This Monday, at the meeting of European foreign ministers in Luxembourg, the 27 showed a united front in support of Ukraine’s European integration. French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna spoke of a “political, strategic and moral imperative” towards Kyiv, while her German colleague Annalena Baerbock saw the EU facing a “historic moment” and “called for reflection so as not to go in the wrong direction. “
For its part, the Netherlands, another Member State traditionally reluctant to enlarge, appreciated the European Commission’s “balanced” proposal and expressed its support in the European Council. “It’s a good suggestion that points to the enormous importance of unity in this geopolitical context,” said Foreign Ministry chief Wopke Hoekstra.
POSITIVE OPINION FROM BRUSSELS
After examining Ukraine’s application in record time, the European Executive issued a favorable opinion last Friday, recommending that member states grant candidate status. Moldova has also received the same verdict as Ukraine, while Georgia is undertaking structural reforms to maintain candidate status.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised the progress made in Kyiv but stressed “the need to consolidate the reforms and ensure their application”. “Of course, not everything can be achieved as long as the war on Ukrainian territory continues,” he admitted.
Of course, he stressed several times that Brussels is taking the step on condition that the judicial reforms are carried out to fight corruption and protect the claimed minorities. He also recalled that the accession rules were “dynamic” and allowed for reversal in the event of setbacks in the reforms undertaken. “The important thing about the process is that it is in the country’s hands if there is progress, stagnation or setbacks,” said the German conservative.