Kyiv: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday said that the European Commission’s recommendation on giving the country”candidacy status” to the EU would bring his country closer to victory against Russian invasion.
Taking to Twitter, he said, “I commend the positive @EU_Commission Conclusion on [Ukraine]’s candidate status. It’s the 1st step on the EU membership path that’ll certainly bring our Victory closer. Grateful to @vonderleyen & each EC [European Commission] member for a historic decision. I expect the positive result from #EUCO [European Council] next week.”
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal thanked the Commission and said, “Grateful to @vonderleyen for this decision! It will accelerate the process of full [Ukrainian] integration into the [European] internal market and effectively accompany the recovery of #Ukraine by EU standards.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister has said that he welcomes the European Commission’s recommendation for his country’s candidacy in the European Union and assured that it will make “EU safer, stronger and more prosperous.”
CNN quoted the minister as saying, “This well-deserved move will not only motivate Ukraine to further advance its transformations, but also make the EU safer, stronger and more prosperous.
“We believe it is high time to anchor Ukraine in the European family of nations, whose values we are now defending at the battleground of the Russian aggression.”
He further said that his country was “confident that it deserves an individual merit-based approach when it comes to its EU integration path.”
Meanwhile, Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said that the country would now “do everything as quickly as possible.”
“We’re working. “Ukraine will be in the EU,” he added.
According to CNN, Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union received a major boost on Friday morning, after the bloc’s executive said it believed the country should be formally considered for candidate status in the wake of Russia’s invasion.
Speaking in Brussels, European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen said it recommends “that Ukraine is given candidate status. This is of course on the understanding that the country will carry out a number of further reforms.”
“In the view of the Commission, Ukraine has clearly demonstrated the country’s aspiration and determination to live up to European standards,” she said.
The leaders of 27 EU member states will meet for a summit next week to discuss the Commission’s opinion on the issue.