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EU to decide on Ukraine membership

By Phil Bainbridge

June 23, 2022 - Following the decision to grant Ukraine “candidate status” to join the European Union, their application begins a years-long process that must ultimately receive the unanimous approval of member states.

European Union leaders meet in Brussels following the European Council’s decision to grant “candidate status” to Ukraine to join the blocand is expected to be accepted as a candidate to join the European Union.

Any country that satisfies the conditions for membership can apply. These conditions are known as the ‘Copenhagen criteria’ and include a functioning market economy, a stable democracy and the rule of law, and the acceptance of all EU legislation, including the euro. The approval of the Ukrainian application marks the start of what will be a years-long process, but it also signals a massive geopolitical shift which looks likely to provoke Russia.

PUBLISHED: 23/06/2022; STORY: Graphic News