Ukraine's accession to the EU.  Brussels issues this Friday recommendation on candidacy

On Friday, the European Commission will issue its recommendation on Ukraine’s candidacy for membership of the European Union, and is expected to be in favor of granting official status as a candidate country.

The opinion of the community executive will be adopted at the weekly meeting of the college of commissioners, which this week is held extraordinarily on Friday, and should be analyzed by the heads of state and government of the 27 as early as next week, at a European Council scheduled for 23 and 24 June in Brussels.

In addition to Ukraine’s candidacy, the European Commission should also issue recommendations regarding Georgia and Moldova, two countries that also feel particularly threatened by Russia, and which, shortly after Kiev, also presented their candidacy for membership of the European bloc.

Less than a week after the start of the Russian invasion, on 24 February, Ukraine formally presented its candidacy for accession, and, in early April, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, hand delivered, in Kiev, to President Volodymyr Zelensky the questionnaire that the Ukrainian authorities have in the meantime completed and sent to Brussels, now eagerly awaiting the European ‘verdict’.

Although, it seems, the European Commission’s recommendation should be for Ukraine to be officially granted candidate country status, in what is understood as a very strong sign of the EU’s commitment to a country that is struggling given its independence and sovereignty in the face of Russian military aggression, the issue is far from being consensual at the level of the Council, that is, among the 27 Member States, which have the final word, and unanimously.

Ukraine, however, today received a strong message of support from the leaders of the three EU member states with the strongest economies, with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Head of Government Mario Draghi, to speak out in favor of being granted “immediate” candidate status during a joint visit to Kiev.

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