Brussels wants opinion on Ukraine’s candidacy for EU membership by June – Invasion of Ukraine

Brussels wants opinion on Ukraine’s candidacy for EU membership by June – Invasion of Ukraine

The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, intends to have an opinion formed by June on Ukraine’s status as a candidate for bloc 27. The information is provided by Bloomberg, citing sources close to the matter.

Ukraine announced on Monday that it had completed the questionnaire that marked the beginning of the process. The questionnaire in question was delivered by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during her visit to Ukraine on 8 April.

After completing this first stage of the questionnaire, Ukraine says it is already working on the next round of questions to nominate member states.

The European Commission has already said it is analyzing the process, and a position is expected to be taken at the European Council meeting, scheduled for June 23-24, these sources told Bloomberg.

If Brussels is given the green light, Ukraine can officially begin the process of joining the European Union. Typically, analysis to determine a candidate’s status alone can take between 15 and 18 months, Bloomberg notes, but the context of the war in Ukraine can speed up the process.

For example, Croatia, the last country to join the 27-nation bloc, did this process for about ten years, until it was officially accepted in 2013.

Some countries, such as the Netherlands, have shown some reluctance to accept this faster framework of analysis for Ukraine.

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