The European Union is considering Ukraine’s membership and will deliver its opinion in June

BRUSSELS – The European Commission will aim to issue a first opinion in June on Ukraine’s candidacy for membership of the European Union.

The 27 EU countries have been fully united in backing Ukraine’s resistance to Russia’s invasion, passing unprecedented economic sanctions against Moscow since the war began in February. But leaders are divided on how quickly Brussels might accept Ukraine as a member.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a Twitter post that she had discussed with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday “EU support and Ukraine’s European path. waiting to receive the replies to the questionnaire on EU accession.

For now, Ukraine has an “Association Agreement” with the EU, which includes a far-reaching free trade pact and helps to modernize the Ukrainian economy.

The accelerated Ukrainian candidacy could take years, with the unanimity of current members being required to include a new member.


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