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European Union leaders set to grant Ukrainian candidate status

Brussels-Thursday European Union leaders grantUkrainecandidates status to participate in blocks in 27 countries intend to do something. This has long been the first step. An unpredictable journey towards full membership, which can take years to achieve.

Competing against a war-torn country means how fast leaders can move to accept the bids of a war-torn country that was launched just days after Russia was launched. Ukraine now seems to have completed a deal after the first split on what it can do

Ukraine has begun discussions, according to several EU diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity before the summit in Brussels. Will receive the unanimous approval required for.

The 27 EU countries have united to support Ukraine's resistance to Russia's aggression and have adopted unprecedented economic sanctions against Moscow. However, leaders were initially divided on how quickly the EU should act to accept Ukraine as a member, with the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark being the most skeptical.

But last week, when the European Commission, the EU's executive body, marked approval based on Ukraine's response to the questionnaire received in April and early May, the Ukrainian bid. Was boosted.

Ukraine received another shot in its arms when French, German, Italian and Romanian leaders visited the country and vowed to support their candidacy.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky talks with a total of 11 EU leaders on Wednesday after nine calls the day before to show how important EU candidacy is to Ukraine. rice field. He said the meeting in Brussels would be a "historical meeting of the European Council".

The EU candidate status does not give an automatic right to participate in the block and does not provide security.

In the case of Ukraine, the beginning of the discussion on accession depends on how a war-torn country can meet its essential political and economic conditions.

To be recognized, potential newcomers need to demonstrate it, they meet the standards of democratic principles and cover everything from trade and immigration to fertilizer and legal rules. You need to absorb the rule of 80,000 pages.

To support countries with candidate status, Brock will provide support throughout technical and financial negotiations, but may also decide to revoke status if the necessary reforms are not implemented.

European officials say Ukraine has already implemented about 70% of EU regulations, norms and standards, but also pointed out the need for repeated corruption and deep political and economic reforms. ..

It is unlikely that accession negotiations will begin by next year, the war can last for a very long time, and uncertainty can increase.

"Especially the fight against corruption and the establishment of an effective rule of law require considerable effort," said Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Crew. "But I am convinced that it is exactly the reconstruction of Ukraine (after the war) that offers the opportunity to take an important step."

Leaders also said on Thursday the European Commission. The Society will discuss recommending Moldova, a small non-NATO country bordering Ukraine, to be a candidate for the EU. The stagnant expansion process to include the Western Balkans in the block is also on their agenda. Follow AP's war coverage at