Bloomberg named those who opposed the status of an EU candidate for Ukraine

Bloomberg: Denmark and the Netherlands opposed the status of an EU candidate for Ukraine The Danish authorities considered that the Ukrainian economy is not yet ready to compete in the EU single market. But the European Commission, nevertheless, next week will recommend giving Kyiv the status of a candidate for EU accession, writes

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At a meeting of EU ambassadors, Denmark and the Netherlands opposed granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership, Copenhagen is confident that Kyiv does not meet European requirements, Bloomberg writes, citing sources.

Ukraine should “fundamentally improve its legislative and institutional framework” for progress in the development of institutions that guarantee democracy, human rights, the protection of minorities and the rule of law, according to a diplomatic note from the Danish authorities, which the agency has read.

In Copenhagen, it is believed that Kyiv's readiness to assume the necessary obligations is still “generally at a very early stage.” According to the Danish authorities, the readiness of Ukraine to form a market economy that will be competitive in the single market is also insufficient, sources told Bloomberg.

Representatives of the Netherlands also opposed granting Ukraine candidate status, the agency writes, but most European countries have a positive attitude towards Kyiv's application. At a meeting of EU ambassadors on June 8, Poland, Ireland and Lithuania called for support for Ukraine's bid, Estonian representatives pointed to the need to give Ukraine hope. According to Bloomberg, Germany has proposed giving Ukraine “conditional candidate status”.

The European Commission is expected to recommend granting candidate status to Ukraine next week, informed Bloomberg sources said. They noted that the recommendation would contain conditions for Kyiv related to anti-corruption legislation and the rule of law.

EU leaders will discuss this issue in two weeks— June 23-24, the conclusion of the European Commission requires the approval of the member states.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for EU membership a few days after the start of the Russian special operation— 28th of February. The Ukrainian authorities then handed over the completed questionnaire to Brussels, which is a mandatory step in the EU accession process. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said that this process usually takes years, but “non-standard measures” should be taken to expedite the consideration of the application.

“The [EU] leaders are unlikely to offer Ukraine candidate status. It is more likely that cooperation within the framework of an association agreement will expand,— said in mid-March one of the European officials in an interview with Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte noted that there is no accelerated process of joining the EU. Zelensky then urged Rutte to clarify Amsterdam's position on the issue. “You were silent about everything we wanted to hear. <…> If you think that we do not belong in the EU, you must clearly say so, — emphasized the President of Ukraine.

French President Emmanuel Macron pointed out: “Can we open a membership procedure with a country at war? I don't think so. Almost all major EU countries except Italy are against granting Ukraine candidate status, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi argued.

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Volodymyr Zelensky

politician, President of Ukraine

January 25, 1978

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