Some EU countries are threatening
Will Ukraine become a candidate for EU membership today?
6/23/2022 7:51 AM
The European Commission recommends granting Ukraine candidate status. Their president, Selensky, enforces this almost every day. However, all 27 Member States must agree. Things are serious today – not just for war-torn Ukraine.
The European Union will decide today at a summit in Brussels whether Russia, invaded Ukraine, will gain the status of a candidate for EU membership. Prior to the meeting of Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his colleagues, there was widespread support for the corresponding recommendation of the European Commission. However, the decision must be taken unanimously by all 27 states.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned shortly before the start of the two-day meeting to support Ukraine’s candidate status. “It is now up to the European Council to decide and live up to the historical responsibilities we face,” she said. The process of admitting countries like Ukraine is based on merit. “But how we respond to their passion and progress is our business.”
In addition to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are also waiting for the prospect of EU membership. According to the recommendation of the EU summit commission, Moldova should also be granted candidate status. Georgia should meet reform requirements first. All three countries applied for EU membership shortly after Russia’s war against Ukraine began. Since then, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been pushing for his country to be an official candidate for EU membership almost every day. Ukraine proves every day that it is already part of a single European area of values, he claims.
Accession is still in the distant future
However, even the status of an EU candidate would not mean that Ukraine and Moldova will be accepted into the EU in the near future. The spokesman for European policy of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, Gunther Krichbaum, therefore called for an “intermediate model” in the NTV, for example in the form of so-called associate membership. “That is: the country would not yet have the right to vote, the country would not have other options yet, but it would probably be part of it.”
EU heads of state and government are also expected to discuss how Ukraine can continue to be supported in the war against Russia. Among other things, there is talk of releasing another EUR 500 million for arms supplies. In addition, it should be a matter of reconstructing the country. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas made it clear on Wednesday that she believed that major EU countries are currently the main players in terms of military aid. “Estonia has done a lot and in fact cannot do much more. But I believe there are still ways to help them, from larger member states,” said the one-year-old prime minister of the EU and NATO. 2 million inhabitants.
In the morning, the EU-Western Balkans Joint Summit will address the EU perspectives of Serbia, Albania, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Montenegro. EU countries such as Austria have recently threatened to tie their acceptance of EU candidate country status for Ukraine and Moldova to progress in their efforts to enlarge the EU to the Western Balkans. In particular, it was a requirement that Bosnia and Herzegovina be granted EU candidate status.
The rapprochement of the countries of the Western Balkans with the EU has been progressing slowly for years, also due to differences of opinion and blockades on the part of EU countries. EU countries, for example, Bulgaria are currently blocking accession talks with Northern Macedonia.