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Politico.eu.com | Commission will urge EU candidate status for war-ravaged Ukraine, 13 June
Final decision rests with European Council.
landssakes! It's not even part of the EU!
Recognizing Ukraine as a candidate country ultimately requires the unanimous approval of the 27 heads of state and government on the European Council, who are expected to take up the question at a summit meeting in Brussels next week. Officials and diplomats said that at least three countries were still opposed.
cliff hanger ...
France currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU and, as such, has a key role in preparing the European Council debate.
archived Report by President Charles Michel to the European Parliament plenary session, 8 June
If we want to be a geopolitical power, we must act as a geopolitical power. This means taking care of ourselves but also taking care of others. By being together, we can use that power to become more sovereign and more prosperous, more influential.

We are united and committed to back Ukraine and to build our common future.

by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 12:19:45 AM EST
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euractiv | Ukraine, energy security top priorities for the Czech [Council of the EU] Presidency, 15 June congratulations, Czech PM Petr Fiala
"What we must do to end the war is clear. Put pressure on Russia, maintain European unity, continue to support Ukraine and try to ensure that Vladimir Putin's aggressive plans do not succeed."

Fiala also emphasised the need for solidarity across the bloc to deal with the influx of Ukrainian refugees, of which the Czech Republic has received over 350,000. In cooperation with the European Commission, the presidency will focus on the allocation of sufficient funding to the relevant member states, organisations and civil society actors who tackling the crisis.

Moreover, the Czech Presidency hopes to organise an EU-Ukraine summit in October 2022, personally attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, depending on the security situation in the country at the time.
Prague has confirmed its full support of the EU's Fit for 55 and REPowerEU legislative packages, including all measures needed to end Europe's dependency on Russian energy imports by 2027.

"Last but not least, the Czech Presidency will focus on the role of nuclear energy in ensuring EU energy security and meeting the EU's climate goals," the official document, presented on 15 June, writes.

by Cat on Thu Jun 16th, 2022 at 01:03:39 AM EST
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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."
< wipes tears >
"[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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EC | Opinion on the EU membership application by Ukraine, 17 June
The aspiration to belong to the European Union has for many years been an important priority for Ukraine, its governments and citizens. It has been an underlying motive for democratic changes over the past decade and a driver of a number of key reforms founded on European values. The decision in late 2013, of the then-President not to sign, the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which symbolised for many Ukrainians a path towards the European Union, led to large-scale protests against the authorities.
something something ...
Subsequently < wipes tears> , the Russian Federation moved against Ukraine, not accepting the independent choice of the Ukrainian people. While losing control over part of its territory and suffering human and economic losses because of the conflict in the eastern part of the country, Ukraine continued throughout the years as a resilient democracy moving closer to the European Union and gradually aligning with the acquis. ...
Mental disorcer is a communicable disease, A/V (EN)
by Cat on Sun Jun 19th, 2022 at 01:18:54 PM EST
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DW | [European Council] grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status, 23 June unaninmity
by Cat on Thu Jun 23rd, 2022 at 08:29:21 PM EST
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