EU grants Moldova and Ukraine candidate status

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 23 Jun 2022 by Alex Teddy

On June 23 the European Union made the announcement. The two former Soviet states are elated. However, candidate status is a long way from EU membership. It could easily take 10 years for them to be admitted into the EU. And it might never happen. The EU stated that the countries have significant problems with corruption and judicial independence to overcome. All 27 EU member states would have to approve accession for Moldova or Ukraine to join the EU. Moldova and Ukraine have been seeking candidate status for years. Georgia also sought candidate status but has not been accorded it. Georgia has expressed its determination to secure it soon. Moldova and Ukraine might be allowed to join the EU even though some of their land is Russian controlled. Cyprus was admitted to the EU despite 34% of its land being Turkish occupied.  Moscow has shrugged off the EU's decision despite earlier opposing it. Moscow may perceive candidate status as a fait accompli. There are also countries such as Hungary that may well veto EU membership for Ukraine. Hungary is concerned about the Hungarian minority in Ukraine. 

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