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The 27 leaders of European Union countries are expected to back granting EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova at a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, according to a senior EU official.
Speaking to reporters in Brussels on Wednesday, the EU official said: “I saw no problem in granting candidate status to Ukraine”, and praised the work of European Council President Charles Michael.
But the senior official added: ‘I would like to tell you that ‘it’s a done deal’ and ‘it’s easy”, but after years of working in the EU the institutions did not want to be brought to a definitive answer.”
“So I’m confident, but I’m also cautious,” the official said.
Separately, a senior diplomat from an EU country says that “Ukraine and the Commission have done a great job” in preparing Ukraine’s candidacy to start the long process of EU membership. , and the diplomat’s country was “satisfied with the report on the table”. .”
The diplomat dampened expectations, saying that granting Ukraine candidate status “does not mean that we can move forward, pushing aside everything that is normally on the table. It’s not, and I don’t think it’s fair.
Asked about a timetable for Ukraine to become a full EU member state, the diplomat said: “I think the only one who can set a timetable is Ukraine, because Ukraine has to adapt , to transform, to reform and, in the current circumstances, we understand that the priorities are elsewhere.