The European Commission on Friday recommended that Ukraine be granted candidate status for EU membership as the country battles Russian invasion.
The Commission recommended that the status be granted “subject to” Kyiv undertaking reforms to strengthen the rule of law, fight corruption and meet EU standards in other areas.
“Ukraine has clearly shown its commitment to European values and standards,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. said.
The EU executive made a similar recommendation for Moldova, but refrained from doing the same for Georgia, saying that for now the country should only be granted “the prospect of membership of the European Union”.
The Commission has not specified when accession negotiations should start with Ukraine or Moldova.
The Commission’s recommendations were widely expected. But the decision of whether or not to grant candidate status to the two countries rests with EU leaders, who will address the issue at a summit in Brussels next week.