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13:12 23 Jun 2022

European Parliament adopts resolution to support granting Ukraine candidate status for EU membership

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On Thursday, June 23, the European Parliament adopted a resolution to support granting Ukraine and Moldova the candidate status  for accession to the European Union

Rubryka reported, citing the Member of the European Parliament, Vladimír Bilčík, on Twitter.

"The European Parliament overwhelmingly adopts its resolution on Candidate status of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia: the outcome of the vote speaks for itself.

Clear signal of support to candidacy status for Ukraine & Moldova ahead of today's EUCO," he wrote.

529 MEPs supported the resolution; 45 were against, and 14 abstained.

To recap, today, the heads of the states and the governments who will meet at the summit in Brussels will officially unanimously declare that Ukraine receives the candidate status for accession to the EU.

As reported by Rubryka, the European Parliament will recommend that the EU heads of state and government grant Ukraine the candidate status for EU membership and purchase weapons for Ukraine to repel russian aggression.

Ukraine applied for EU membership on February 28, 2022, the fifth day of russia's full-scale invasion.

On June 17, the European Commission published its opinion, recommending recognizing Ukraine's European perspective and granting our country the status of a candidate for joining the community.

The summit will officially begin on Thursday at 15:00 (16:00 Kyiv time). The leaders will begin by discussing recent developments in russia's war against Ukraine, including its impact on the global food security crisis.

They will also discuss the continuation of support for Ukraine and then discuss the three countries' applications for membership.

The draft conclusions of the meeting state that "the European Council has decided to grant the status of candidate country to Ukraine and to the Republic of Moldova."

The EU notes that formal negotiations with the candidates will begin after they meet the conditions set out in the conclusions of the European Commission on membership applications.

Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanyshyna said that Ukraine expected to implement the recommendations of the European Commission on granting EU candidate status by the end of the year.

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