Brussels will opine in June on possible accession of Ukraine

The European Commission will present in June a response to the request for urgent accession to the European Union launched by Ukraine, in an essential step before the case is submitted to the countries of the block, announced this Monday (05.09.2022) the head of the institution, Ursula von der Leyen.

“The Commission intends to issue an opinion in June,” Von der Leyen said in a tweet reporting a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky. The German politician added that in that conversation she informed Zelenski that the Commission hopes to receive the questionnaire that Ukraine must present regarding its application for accession.

Zelenski later assured through Telegram that he had already shown the questionnaire to Von der Leyen. “Meeting with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, by video link. I show you the second part of the full questionnaire for Ukraine’s candidate status for membership in the European Union,” the president said in his message. Ukrainian, who thanked “the clear signs of support on this important path for us”.

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As a result of the invasion of its territory by Russia, Ukraine requested immediate accession to the European Union (EU), a step not foreseen in the operating rules of the bloc and which was therefore received with caution and skepticism.

The accession of a candidate country to the EU is a complex process of adapting internal legislation to European regulations, and normally takes several years – in some cases, more than a decade – of arduous negotiations. At the end of this process, the final decision on accession rests with the 27 member countries of the bloc.

At a summit in Versailles, France, in March, European leaders explicitly cooled down the Ukrainian aspiration. The last country to join the EU was Croatia, in 2013, although the negotiations began eight years earlier, in 2005, and the last chapters were sealed in 2011.

Regarding the commemoration of the end of the Second World War in Europe, Von der Leyen defended the need to “celebrate” Europe Day as “a much more powerful image than any military parade that is going up or down the streets of Moscow in this moment”. “An image that reminds us that we should never take for granted what Europe is and what it means. Europe is a dream. A dream that always was. A dream born of tragedy,” added the leader. (AFP, EFE)

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