EU executive says Ukraine, Moldova ready to start EU accession talks

EU executive says Ukraine, Moldova ready to start EU accession talks
# 07 June 2024 17:47 (UTC +04:00)

Ukraine and Moldova meet all the criteria needed to formally start negotiations on EU membership, the European Commission said on Friday, as Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal expressed hope that the talks could start later this month, APA reports citing Reuters.

"We confirm that on the Commission side, we consider that all the steps have been met by the two countries," Commission spokeswoman on enlargement Ana Pisonero said.

"The decision is now in the hands of the member states -- it is for them to adopt the negotiating framework," she said. "Once this step is done, it is the prerogative of the EU Presidency to convene an intergovernmental conference to formally mark the start of the negotiations," she added.

Opening talks with the European Union would be a morale boost for Ukraine as the war with Russia enters its third year, and Moscow's forces are advancing in the eastern Donetsk region and opening a new front in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

"Now we expect our European partners to take the next step — to start negotiations on European Union membership already this month," Shmyhal said on the Telegram messaging app.

"Every day, the Ukrainian people fight for the right to be part of the European family in the war against the Russian aggressor."

The Commission assessment will now be discussed by experts in working groups and then by ambassadors of EU governments next week. The 27 EU member states have to unanimously agree to start the negotiations, which take years to conclude, by adopting the so-called negotiating framework.

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