The European Commission has recommended Ukraine’s “candidate status” to the European Union.
This is on condition that Ukraine can carry out a series of reforms, EU President Ursula von der Leyen said at a press conference in Brussels.
Von der Leyen said: “Ukraine has clearly shown commitment to live up to European values and standards. And embarked, before the war, on its way towards the EU.”
According to RTE, Ms von der Leyen said Ukraine had “already implemented roughly 70% of rules, norms and standards.
“Yet important work remains to be done, on the rule of law, oligarchs, anti-corruption and fundamental rights. The process is merits-based. So progress depends entirely on Ukraine.”
She said: “Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live with us the European dream.”
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