European Council President Charles Michel

The President of the European Council hopes that the 27 will follow the European Commission’s recommendation to grant “candidate country status” to both Ukraine and Moldova. Georgia’s “European perspective” must also be recognised.

In the invitation letter that he usually sends to European leaders, – this time accompanied by a video message -, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, says he expects a “decisive” result for the three candidate countries to join the European bloc.

“I believe that it is time to recognize the European perspective of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The future of these countries and their people lies within the European Union”, considered Charles Michel, stressing that “more specifically, my intention is that we decide to grant the candidate status for Ukraine and Moldova”.

Charles Michel says that there will be no shortcuts on the way to the European Union, in other words, says the President of the European Council, “these countries will have to fulfill conditions along the European path, namely in the field of the rule of law and the fight against corruption “.

“The people of Ukraine have chosen freedom, democracy and the European future and now they are fighting for it and we are on their side,” he said.

From a perspective of “security and stability” on the European continent, Charles Michel considers that there should be a strengthening of the relationship with other “partner countries”.

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