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Ukraine in the EU. Media: There is a green light. The EC recommends starting talks

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The European Commission wants to start formal talks with Kiev and Chisinauto give Ukraine and Moldova a positive signal regarding their European aspirations.

Kyiv has applied for EU membership a few weeks after the invasion Russia in 2022and received the status of a candidate country only a few months later, under one of the the fastest block decisionsaccelerated by aggression Moscow.

European Commission. There is a green light for Ukraine

“On Friday, the Commission is expected to state that Ukraine already meets criteria that were previously unresolvedincluding anti-corruption measures, restrictions on political lobbying, rules on asset declarations of public officials and protection of languages ​​​​used by national minorities,” the Financial Times reported on Friday.

As noted by the FT, war in Ukraine changed the EU enlargement process. The daily notes that Ukraine and Moldova obtained candidate status in June 2022, and Georgia – at the end of 2023. At the same time, after years of stagnation talks with some of the six candidates from the Western Balkans have accelerated. Georgia, which despite the warnings Brussels adopted the law on “foreign agents”, it will not receive the green light from the Commission today.

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Hungary towards Ukraine. Will there be opposition from Budapest?

Brussels is expecting reporting by Hungary oppositionjustified by complaints about the way Kiev treats Hungarian minority in Ukraine. Former Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán vetoed EU decisions regarding Ukrainesuch as granting it the status of an EU candidate country and granting an aid package worth USD 50 billion.

Although Budapest eventually he gave in under pressure from other capitalsit has not yet withdrawn its veto on the allocation of EU funds for military aid to Kiev.

Hungary will take over the rotating presidency of the EU on July 1, which will enable them to have greater influence on setting the agenda of meetings where matters related to Ukraine are discussed. Belgiumwhich currently holds the presidency, nevertheless hopes to organize first round of accession talks on June 25before handing over the baton to Hungary,” reports “FT”.

As we read on the European Union website, Accession negotiations refer to the conditions that a country must meetto be admitted to the EU and focus on the adoption and implementation of EU legislation. The goal of negotiation is to make the candidate country has fulfilled the conditions for membershipoften referred to as the “Copenhagen criteria”.

Accession negotiations with a candidate country commence upon unanimous consent all Member States and after approval by European Council.

These conversations are conducted during intergovernmental conferences between the governments of the EU Member States and the government of the candidate country. Their goal is to support this country in preparing for EU membership.

Source: belsat.eu, “Financial Times”

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