The Brussels Summit recognizes the European perspective of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia.
The future of these countries and their citizens lies in the EU, according to the Summit conclusions on the requests of the three countries.
The European Council has decided to grant candidate country status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. the regular enlargement package.
The Council will decide on further steps once all these conditions are fully met.
The European Council is ready to grant Georgia candidate status when the priorities set out in the Commission ‘s opinion on Georgia’ s membership application are met.
Finally, it is stated that each country’s progress towards the prospect of joining the European Union will depend on the fulfillment of the Copenhagen criteria, taking into account the EU’s ability to absorb new members.
The statements of Charles Michel
The President of the European Council Charles Michel spoke about a historic moment, emphasizing: “Agreement. The European Council has just decided to grant Ukraine and Moldova candidate status for EU membership. Historic moment. Today is a crucial step on your path to the EU.
Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelensky, Maya Sandu and the people of Ukraine and Moldova. “Our future is together,” European Council President Charles Michel tweeted.
European perspective for Georgia as well
He added that “the European Council has decided to recognize Georgia’s European perspective and is ready to grant candidate status as soon as the outstanding priorities are taken into account. Congratulations to the Georgian people. “A historic moment in EU-Georgia relations: Georgia’s future lies within the EU.”
The #EUCO decided to recognize the European perspective of Georgia and is ready to grant candidate status once the outstanding priorities are addressed.
Congratulations to the Georgian people.
A historic moment in EU-Georgia relations: Georgia’s future lies within the EU. 🇪🇺🇬🇪
— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) June 23, 2022
Ursula von der Leyen: A good day for Europe
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, speaks of a “historic decision” after the agreement of the “27” EU leaders to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova and to support the European perspective of Georgia.
“Today is a good day for Europe.
Congratulations to President Volodymyr Zelensky, President Maia Santou and Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. Your countries are part of our European family. “Today’s historic decision by the leaders confirms this,” Ursula von der Leyen said in a Twitter post.
“I’m very pleased with the support of our leaders. Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, all have work to do before moving on to the next stage of the process. I know they will move fast. They know how crucial this is to their democracies, their economies and their citizens. “This decision strengthens us all.”
The President of the Commission notes that the decision “strengthens Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia in the face of Russian imperialism. And strengthens the EU “Because it shows the world once again that we are united and strong in the face of external threats.”
Today is a good day for Europe.
Your countries are part of our European family.
And today’s historic decision by Leaders confirms that. pic.twitter.com/lAkv8Bq5fs
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) June 23, 2022
Satisfaction from Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky welcomed the decision of European Union leaders to grant the country the status of a candidate for EU membership.
In his first reaction, Zelensky spoke of a unique and historic moment, adding that “the future of Ukraine lies within the EU.”
Sincerely commend EU leaders’ decision at #EUCO to grant 🇺🇦 a candidate status. It’s a unique and historical moment in 🇺🇦-🇪🇺 relations. Grateful to @CharlesMichel, @vonderleyen and EU leaders for support. Ukraine’s future is within the EU. #EmbraceUkraine https://t.co/o6dJVmTQrn
– Volodymyr Zelenskyy (@ZelenskyyUa) June 23, 2022
In fact, the Ukrainian president intervened through a teleconference at the Summit.
– Marta Llopis 🌻 (@ LlopisMarta95) June 23, 2022
Santou: Moldova’s accession will bring prosperity
Moldovan President Maia Santou welcomed tonight the “historic” decision of the “27” of the European Union to grant the country the status of candidate for EU membership, emphasizing that “we have a difficult road ahead, which requires a lot of work and effort.”
In a Facebook post, President Santo said Moldova’s accession to the European Union would bring prosperity, more opportunities and security to the small country between Ukraine and Romania.