The European Parliament adopted a resolution on granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union with 529 votes to 45 and 14 abstentions.

In the resolution, MEPs urge the European Council to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova “without delay.” The same is recommended to be done with Georgia “once its government has delivered” on the priorities indicated by the European Commission.

The European Parliament invites the authorities of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, and Georgia to “unambiguously demonstrate their political determination to implement the European ambitions of their people,” accelerating reforms in order to effectively fulfil the criteria for EU membership as soon as possible.

The resolution stresses that there is no alternative to enlargement, which is “more than ever a geostrategic investment” in a stable, strong, and united EU.

MEPs also demand that the enlargement process be “re-energised” and unblocked as regards the Western Balkans.

The European Council is to give its final approval of Ukraine’s status.

Today, European Council President Charles Michel said he was confident that EU leaders would make a positive decision on granting Ukraine and Moldova candidate status.

“This is a decisive moment for the European Union. This is a geopolitical choice that we will make today. I am confident that today we will grant the candidate status to Ukraine and to Moldova and express a clear and strong European perspective for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova,” the politician said after arriving in Brussels to attend the summit.

As a reminder, Ukraine applied for EU membership on 28 February 2022, a few days after the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The European Union notes that official negotiations with the candidates will begin after they meet the conditions set out in the European Commission’s conclusions on membership applications.

Bohdan Marusyak

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