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    European Commission recommends granting Ukraine EU candidate status: Zelensky hails move

    The European Commission has recommended that Ukraine be granted the EU candidate status, which is a mandatory formal step before the issue is considered at the European Council.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced an official opinion by the European Commission at a press conference on Friday, June 17, according to Ukrinform.

    The European Commission simultaneously considered EU membership applications from Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

    The European Council will consider Ukraine’s application for candidate status for membership in the European Union at its meeting on June 23-24.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed the decision by the European Commission and expressed hope for the positive results of next week’s European Council meeting.

    The head of state said this on Twitter.

    “I commend the positive European Commission conclusion on Ukraine’s candidate status. It’s the 1st step on the EU membership path that’ll certainly bring our Victory closer. Grateful to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen & each EC member for a historic decision. I expect the positive result from the European Council next week,” Zelensky said.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union on February 28, 2022.

    On April 18, Zelensky handed over the first part of the questionnaire to Matti Maasikas, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen passed the questionnaire to the Ukrainian side during her visit to Kyiv on April 8.

    On May 9, Zelensky announced that Ukraine had filled out the second part of the questionnaire to obtain the status of a candidate country for accession to the European Union.

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