EU grants candidate country status to Ukraine and Moldova


June 24, Fineko/ The EU has decided to grant Ukraine and Moldova the status of "candidate countries".

ABC.AZ reports that the decision was made during the summit of EU leaders in Brussels.

The President of the Council of Europe, Charles Michel, called the decision historic in his statement in Ukrainian and Romanian on social networks.

EU Commission’s chairman Ursula von der Leyen congratulated Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky and Moldovan president Maya Sandu.

The Commission recommended that Georgia reconsider its position, provided that it represents a European perspective and meets the criteria.

The candidate status is the first step in the process of country's long–term accession to the EU. After granting the candidate status to the country, the stage of membership negotiations begins, if the conditions are met. The start of membership negotiations can take years.