Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

The European Commission recommended this Friday at the 27th that Ukraine be “given a European perspective” and that Ukraine be “granted the status of candidate country for accession to the European Union”.

It was the president of the community executive, Ursula von der leyen, who made the announcement at the end of the meeting of the college of commissioners, in which the positive opinion was approved.

The decision was adopted “assuming that the country will carry out an important set of reforms”, stressed Von der Leyen, stressing that Ukraine has already “demonstrated determination” to become a member of the European Union and, “before the war, it had already started the path towards the European Union.

“The Union has been approaching ours for eight years”, he said, noting that during that time the country “has already made part of the convergence path, which culminated in the association agreement in 2016”.

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“With that, Ukraine has already adopted about 70 percent of the European acquis, which are the rules, standards and norms”, underlined Von der Leyen, highlighting Ukraine’s participation “in the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme, and in the Erasmus programme”.

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