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Lhe ambassadors of the 27 international locations of the European Union gave their “agreement in principle” on Friday to the opening of accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova, which can start on June 25, introduced the Belgian presidency of the Council of the EU.

“The ambassadors agreed in principle on the framework for the accession negotiations of Ukraine and Moldova. The Belgian presidency will convene the first intergovernmental conferences on June 25,” this supply advised Agence France Presse (AFP). This resolution have to be formally validated throughout a ministerial assembly on June 21. And within the Netherlands, approval by Parliament is critical.

Corruption and the affect of oligarchs

The President of the European Council Charles Michel welcomed this step. “We keep our promises and we will support you along the path to membership,” he mentioned on the social community X (previously Twitter). The heads of state and authorities of the European Union had opened the best way for such accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova in mid-December 2023. But Hungary had till then slowed down the formal opening of the negotiations with Ukraine, judging that the circumstances weren’t met.

The European Commission, for its half, estimated on June 7 that Ukraine and Moldova had fulfilled all of the stipulations for opening formal negotiations. The European government had demanded measures from kyiv to combat corruption and the affect of oligarchs. The Commission had additionally requested higher consideration of minorities, a measure insisted on by Budapest, because of the presence of a Hungarian group in Ukraine.

A protracted and arduous membership course of

The EU granted candidate standing for membership to Ukraine in June 2022, in a extremely symbolic gesture just a few months after the beginning of the battle triggered by Moscow, in addition to to neighboring Moldova. The opening of negotiations is a step in an extended and arduous accession course of. A doable entry into the EU of Ukraine, a rustic of greater than 40 million inhabitants and an agricultural energy, poses many difficulties, beginning with financing.

The EU granted candidate standing to Georgia in December 2023. She gave the inexperienced mild final March to accession negotiations with Bosnia. Such negotiations have additionally been opened with Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia.