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EU Ministers Agree to Start Membership Talks With Ukraine & Moldova on June 25

The European Union ministers have agreed to launch accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova.

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During the Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Council meeting, the 27 EU ministers agreed to start talks on June 25 in Luxembourg, Schengen.News reports.

The decision was confirmed by Belgium, which at present holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

The Council of the European Union adopted the EU’s general positions, including negotiating frameworks, for the accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova.

Belgian presidency of the Council of the European Union

The EU’s decision was considered a historic step by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, who stressed that millions of Ukrainians are realising their European dream.

Zelensky said that his country is returning to Europe where it has belonged for centuries as a full-fledged member of the European community.

EU Approved Accession Talks With Ukraine & Moldova in December 2023

In December last year, the EU approved accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova.

Provided certain reform steps are taken, they say that accession talks should also be opened with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Georgia should be granted candidate status.

European Parliament

Ukraine filed its application to become part of the bloc following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that started on February 24, 2022.

At the same time, Moldova applied for EU membership in March 2022, while on June 22, 2022, the country was officially granted candidate status by the EU. The country set 2030 as a target date for EU accession.

The President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, said that becoming an EU member is Moldova’s path to peace, prosperity, and a better life for all citizens.

Earlier this month, the European Commission told the EU Member States that both Ukraine and Moldova had met all the requirements needed to become the newest members of the bloc.

Unlike the support that it has expressed for Moldova’s membership to the EU, Hungary, in December last year,  opposed the accession of Ukraine to the bloc. Back then, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, said that Ukraine’s accession to the EU would bring the war to the block.

In order to become members of the EU, candidate countries are required to align their laws and standards with those of the bloc.

In December 2023, the EU also approved accession negotiations with the following Balkan countries: Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

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