The European Commission recommended Friday that Ukraine be granted the status of a candidate for EU membership as the country fights Russia’s invasion.
The Commission recommended that the status be granted “on the understanding” that Kyiv would undertake reforms to bolster the rule of law, tackle corruption and meet EU standards in other areas.
“Ukraine has clearly shown commitment to live up to European values and standards,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
The EU executive made a similar recommendation for Moldova but stopped short of doing the same for Georgia, saying that for now the country should only be granted “the perspective to become a member of the European Union.”
The Commission did not say when membership talks should begin with either Ukraine or Moldova.
The Commission’s recommendations had been widely expected. But the decision on whether to confer candidate status on the two countries rests with EU leaders, who will address the issue at a summit in Brussels next week.