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European Union Makes Ukraine Candidate for EU Membership

European Union Makes Ukraine Candidate for EU Membership

Thursday, 23 June, 2022 - 18:30
The flags of the European Union and Ukraine flutter outside the European Parliament building, in Brussels, Belgium, February 28, 2022. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo

The European Union has agreed to make Ukraine a candidate for EU membership, setting in motion a very long process.

Gaining membership could take years or even decades. Countries must meet a detailed host of economic and political conditions, including a commitment to the rule of law and other democratic principles.

Ukraine will have to curb government corruption and adopt other reforms.

Ukraine applied for EU membership less than a week after Moscow invaded on Feb. 24.

The decision by the leaders of the 27-nation bloc to grant Ukraine candidate status Thursday was uncharacteristically rapid for the EU. But the war and Ukraine's request for fast-track consideration lent urgency to its cause.

The EU also granted candidate status to Moldova, which borders Ukraine.

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