DIRECT. War in Ukraine: the EU confirms the opening of negotiations for kyiv’s accession, Zelensky welcomes the realization of a “European dream”

DIRECT. War in Ukraine: the EU confirms the opening of negotiations for kyiv’s accession, Zelensky welcomes the realization of a “European dream”
DIRECT. War in Ukraine: the EU confirms the opening of negotiations for kyiv’s accession, Zelensky welcomes the realization of a “European dream”

EU confirms opening of accession negotiations with Ukraine

The 27 countries of the European Union have confirmed the opening next Tuesday of accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova. This agreement paves the way for the formal opening of negotiations on Tuesday in Luxembourg. The Twenty-Seven will first open negotiations with Ukraine on Tuesday afternoon, then with Moldova, according to a diplomatic source.

The heads of state and government of the European Union had opened the way for such accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova, two former Soviet republics, in mid-December 2023. But Hungary was holding back until there the formal opening of negotiations with Ukraine, judging that the conditions were not met. The European Commission, for its part, estimated on June 7 that Ukraine and Moldova had fulfilled all the prerequisites for opening formal negotiations. The European executive had demanded measures from kyiv to fight corruption and the influence of oligarchs. The Commission had also requested better consideration of minorities, a measure insisted on by Budapest, due to the presence of a Hungarian community in Ukraine.

The EU granted Ukraine candidate status for membership in June 2022, in a highly symbolic gesture a few months after the start of the war.

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