Von der Leyen: Ukraine will definitely apply for EU membership


“I strongly believe that we will ensure a positive decision, that we will receive support,” said the head of the European Commission.

The head of the European Commission, h Ursula von der Layen, has expressed confidence that Ukraine will be formally granted candidate status in the run-up to the EU Summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday.

«I strongly believe that we will ensure a positive decision“that we will receive support,” Ms von der Leyen told German public television network ARD last night.

“It is, of course, a historic decision that the European Council must now take, however the preparations are good“, He continued and stated” confident “about the accession perspective of Kiev.

Her statements came after the European Commission recommended that Ukraine and Moldova be granted EU candidate status.

The 27 will discuss the recommendation at the end of the week. The agenda will also include Georgia’s request, which the Commission considers to be subject to the fulfillment of various terms and conditions.

At least for the time being, the Member States do not seem to have a common approach to the accession of Ukraine and Moldova. At the same time, the Austrian government is asking for candidate status to join Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Romania is pushing for Georgia.

Mrs von der Leyen insisted that the Commission was set up on the basis of the database, facts and preparatory work of the previous eight years. “Ukraine has made huge strides in recent years,” she said, but “we want to see more.”

Source: skai.gr

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