Ukraine’s EU-candidate status is ‘symbolic’ – Belgium
Actual process of admission is set to take “many years,” PM Alexander De Croo has warned
Important: Ukraine is granted EU-candidate status “symbolic message”Alexander De Croo (Belgian Prime Minister) said that the country would continue to help Kiev in the midst of ongoing conflicts with Russia. The country’s actual admission into the bloc is however unlikely to happen until then. “many years”You can also find out more about a “lot of reforms,”He was very clear.
During the current European Council summit, Ukraine will likely be granted candidate status. On Thursday, the EU Parliament unanimously supported this move while the EU Commission last week recommended that Kiev be granted candidate status.
Speaking ahead of a bloc summit, De Croo reiterated Belgium’s support for Kiev’s EU membership aspirations.
“Ukrainians are fighting for our values, for our values of democracy, security and peace. Giving a signal to the Ukrainian population with the candidate status is a very important symbolic message,” De Croo said.
However, actual accession will not be easy as the country needs to address a variety of issues in order to conform to EU standards.
“This does not mean that Ukraine will soon be part of the European Union. It is a process of many years with a lot of reforms which will be very difficult and for us it is very important to give a strong symbolic signal,” De Croo explained.
You will need to be patient and meet the conditions of becoming a member.
Joining the EU has been a prime talking point for pro-Western Ukrainian politicians for decades already, yet the bloc’s member states have not yet signaled that Kiev was ready to become a candidate. Ukraine’s drive to join the bloc became reinvigorated amid the ongoing conflict with Russia, which broke out in late February.
Russia attacked Ukraine following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were French and German-brokered, were intended to grant the region a special status in the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.