Ukraine has officially received the status of a candidate for EU membership.

At a summit in Brussels, European Union leaders approved a decision to grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status.

“Agreement. The European Council has just decided to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. A historic moment. Today is a decisive step on your path to the EU. Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky and Maya Sandu and the peoples of Ukraine and Moldova. Our future together,” – he wrote on Twitter. President of the European Council Charles Michel.

The decision was approved on the basis of a recommendation from the European Commission issued on 17 June.

“Today is a good day for Europe. Congratulations to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Moldova Maya Sandu and Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili. Your countries are part of our European family. And today’s historic decision of the leaders confirms this,” – said EU President Ursula von der Liaen.

It will be recalled that the European Commission, in its conclusion on Ukraine’s compliance with the requirements for a candidate country, suggested that the EU have the right to revoke this status if Ukraine violates its obligations.

The EU has not set an exact date by which Ukraine must prove its ability to carry out reforms. The proposal stipulates that the European Commission will conduct a first assessment at the end of 2022, but to resume reforms in Ukraine, hostilities must end, so the deadline may be, and is likely to be extended.

Among other things, in order to maintain the status of a candidate, Kyiv must complete the appointment of the head of the SAP already elected at the competition, hold a competition for the head of NABU, and so on.

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