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Ukraine’s EU candidate status sends "strong political signal against autocracy"

Roberta Metsola

The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, considered this Friday that the European Commission’s recommendation to grant Ukraine candidate status sends a “strong political signal against autocracy”, hoping for support from European leaders.

“Ukraine candidate status sends a strong political signal against autocracy and for freedom,” said Roberta Metsola, in a post on the social network Twitter.

“On behalf of the European Parliament, I welcome the Commission’s recommendation,” he added.

For Roberta Metsola, the recommendation of the community executive traces the “right path for the European Council to grant Ukraine the status of candidate to the European Union (EU)”.

This is the first reaction from other European institutions to the Commission’s ‘green light’, after Roberta Metsola was one of the first community leaders to visit Ukraine last April.

The community executive recommended this Friday to the Council that Ukraine be granted the status of candidate country for accession to the EU, issuing a similar opinion for Moldova, while for Georgia it believes that more steps are needed.

With regard to the candidacies of Ukraine and Moldova, the Community executive believes that they should be granted the status of candidate countries for accession “on the assumption that measures will be taken in a number of areas”, while with regard to Georgia it proposes that it be given the ” prospect” of membership, but granting candidate status only after “various priorities have been addressed”.

“We have a clear message, which is: yes, Ukraine deserves the European perspective, and yes, Ukraine must be welcomed as a candidate country”, announced in Brussels the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, adding that “all the process is based on merits”, so it is now up to Ukraine to carry out all necessary reforms to meet the requirements for membership.

The recommendations of the community executive, adopted at a meeting of the college and presented in Brussels by Von der Leyen and the Commissioner for Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, will be discussed by the Heads of State and Government of the 27 as early as next week, at a European Council scheduled for 23 and June 24, in the Belgian capital.

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