President of the European Council, Charles Michel, said on June 23
that Moldova and Ukraine have “good chances” of becoming
candidates for EU membership, UA:PBC reports.
“This is a geopolitical choice. I’m confident that today we will grant the candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, as well as a clear European perspective to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova,” Michel said at the beginning of the EU summit in Brussels.
Earlier, news agency Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that all 27 EU member states had agreed to grant Ukraine EU candidate status.
The European Commission on June 17 recommended granting Ukraine and Moldova candidate status for EU membership. After the recommendation of the EC, the decision goes before the European Council.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that the decision to grant Ukraine candidate status would bring its victory in the war unleashed by Russia closer.
Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine’s accession to the EU on Feb. 28. He said that after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Ukraine would apply to the European Union for immediate entry under a new special procedure. After Ukraine submitted its application, Georgia and Moldova filed theirs as well.