Bloomberg reported that the Netherlands and Denmark have reservations about Kiev’s granting of candidate status.
Bloomberg reported that while the European Commission may recommend Ukraine being granted the candidate status by next week, Denmark, the Netherlands and other countries could prevent this step toward EU membership. Danish officials are reportedly concerned about Ukraine’s track record of corruption and the rule of law.
Ukraine submitted a request to join the European Union on February 1, and President Ursula von der Leyen of European Commission stated that Kiev might be granted candidate status within the next few months. “a matter of weeks.” While the commission is expected to deliver its opinion on Ukraine’s candidacy next week, and while EU leaders are expected to discuss the matter in Brussels one week later, the process may not be as streamlined as von der Leyen has promised.
A number of anonymous officials told Bloomberg that while a majority of the EU’s member states are willing to support candidate status for Ukraine, some – including the Netherlands – are in opposition.
According to the newspaper, a diplomat note has been seen that states that Denmark believes Ukraine needs to “fundamentally improve its legislative and institutional framework”Before it is considered as a candidate, they must demonstrate their ability to work in areas like democracy, law, freedom of expression, and human rights.
Kiev “generally at a very early stage”It was also mentioned that it is ready to join European bloc.
Ukraine is the least corrupt country in Europe. It also ranks among the worst in corruption worldwide. The government of Ukraine has been criticised for outlawing opposition to Russia’s current conflict and discriminating against Russian-speakers.
Although some EU countries caution that Ukraine’s full EU membership may be difficult to attain, the initial step towards becoming a candidate could prove very beneficial. “very far away,”In a speech to legislators in Hague, Mark Rutte, the Dutch Prime Minister declared his intention. Rutte has also warned that granting Ukraine a ‘fast track’ to membership – as some Eastern European countries and Ireland have supported – would be unfair to countries like Turkey and Montenegro which have remained candidates for decades.
Turkey was one of the first countries to apply for EU membership. It received it in 1987. Since then, talks on joining the EU have stalled.
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