About it reported on the website of the European Parliament.
“With 529 votes in favor, 45 against and 14 abstentions, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it calls on the heads of state and government holding the summit today and tomorrow to “immediately” grant Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova the status of an EU candidate,” the message says.
MEPs also called on EU leaders to grant such a status to Georgia “when its government fulfills” the conditions set by the European Commission.
“In the context of Russia’s brutal war of conquest against Ukraine, this move will amount to a show of leadership, determination and vision,” MEPs say. They insist that there is no “fast track” to EU membership and that accession remains a structured, merit-based process requiring the fulfillment of EU membership criteria and dependent on the effective implementation of reforms.
The European Parliament invites the authorities of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia to “unequivocally demonstrate their political determination to realize the European ambitions of their people”, to accelerate reforms in order to effectively fulfill the EU membership criteria as soon as possible.
“Ukrainians, Moldovans and Georgians deserve to live in free, democratic and prosperous countries that are proud and devoted members of the European family,” the MEPs said and called on the European Council to take an important first step towards realizing the legitimate aspirations of the citizens of these three countries.
The resolution notes that there is no alternative to enlargement, which is “more than ever a geostrategic investment” in a stable, strong and united EU. It is also noted that the prospect of full EU membership for countries aspiring to become EU members meets the European Union’s own political, economic and security interests.
- February 28, President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union.
- 1 March European Parliament by overwhelming majority approved the resolutionrecommending that EU member states work towards granting Ukraine candidate status for EU membership.
- June 17 The European Commission recommended The European Council to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate member of the European Union. A list of Ukraine’s next steps on the way to the EU was also published.