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Germany, France, Italy back EU candidate status for Ukraine, 16 June
The European Commission is expected to publish its opinion on Ukraine's candidate status on Friday (17 June), which leaves EU leaders roughly a week to study the document before they are to decide on the matter at a crucial EU summit on 23-24 June.
Macron also stressed the EU would need to prepare for these upcoming enlargements "by modernising its structures and procedures."
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"[President] Zelenskyy knows that it is a way forward, not just a step," said  Italy's [Grandpa] Draghi.

It was not immediately clear, however, what conditions would be attached to Ukraine's EU candidacy bid, but it is likely that the bloc might request strict requirements on rule of law, institutional reforms, as well as the fight against corruption, before agreeing to formally launch accession talks.

by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 05:06:09 PM EST
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