Ukraine Accepted as Candidate to Join EU

The European Union granted candidate status to Ukraine on Thursday to become a member of the international body. The European Commission, which acts as the executive body of the E.U., announced its recommendation to grant candidate status to Ukraine along with Moldova and Georgia. “Today’s Opinions are based on the Commission’s assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to join the E.U. agreed by the European Council: political criteria, economic criteria and the ability of the country to assume the obligations of E.U. membership (E.U. acquis),” the European Commission’s statement read. “The Opinions also take into account Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia’s efforts in implementing their obligations under the Association Agreements (AA), including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTA), which cover significant parts of the EU acquis.” Granting candidate status to a country requires the unanimous consent of all E.U. member nations and is the first stage in the potentially lengthy process to gain full membership. Ukraine’s E.U. candidate status could also be seen as another measure of symbolic support for the country, wh …

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