The European Parliament supported the granting of candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova for accession to the EU

15:00 23 June Kyiv, Ukraine

The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for the granting of candidate status for European Union membership to Ukraine and Moldova and to support a European perspective for Georgia.

This was reported by the press service of the European Parliament.

The document was supported by 529 MEPs, 45 voted against, and 14 abstained.

In the document, the parliamentarians call on the European Council to grant Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova the status of an EU candidate "immediately". The same is recommended for Georgia "when its government fulfills" the priorities indicated by the European Commission.

In the context of Russia's brutal war of conquest against Ukraine, this move will amount to a show of leadership, determination and vision, MEPs are convinced.

They point out that there is no “fast track” to EU membership and that accession remains a structured and merit-based process requiring the fulfillment of EU membership criteria and dependent on the effective implementation of reforms.

The Parliament invites the authorities of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia to "unequivocally demonstrate their political determination to realize the European ambitions of their people", to speed up reforms in order to effectively fulfill the EU membership criteria as soon as possible.

The EU is an economic and political union of 27 European states that was formed after the Second World War. The Union is based on the principle of free circulation of goods, services and funds between its members.. EU citizens can also live and work in any country in the bloc. It also has common standards in many areas, such as food safety, agriculture and labor rights.