On Saturday, the head of the European Commission pledged during a visit to Kyiv that Ukraine’s application for EU candidate status would be answered. “Today’s discussions will allow us to finalize our assessment by the end of next week,” Ursula von der Leyen said after meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Ukraine is demanding a “legal obligation” that would allow it to obtain official EU candidate status as quickly as possible, but the 27 countries are deeply divided on the issue. “We want to support Ukraine on its European journey,” Ursula von der Leyen emphasized. “We want to look to the future. It has done a lot, but there is still a lot to do, to fight corruption for example.”
For Ukraine, the status of the candidate will be a “stepping stone”, with the key to a long process of negotiations and reforms, for his part, admitted Volodymyr Zelensky. However, he said in a video message on Saturday evening, “We will work more forcefully at all levels to make the right decision. It is very important to us.”
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