/ Go to the photo bankTourists reflected in a EU logo - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.06.2022 / Go to the photo bankSubscribeUSIndiaGlobalBRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The heads of state and government of the European Union on Thursday approved the granting of Ukraine and Moldova the status of candidates for joining the union, European Council President Charles Michel said.”Agreement. #EUCO has just decided EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. A historic moment. Today marks a crucial step on your path towards the EU. Congratulations @ZelenskyyUa and @sandumaiamd and the people of Ukraine and Moldova. Our future is together,” Michel tweeted.The prime minister of Luxembourg also announced a positive decision for Ukraine and Moldova on Twitter.The European Council will take further steps after the candidate countries fulfill the conditions formulated by the European Commission.The council also decided to recognize the European perspective of Georgia and reaffirmed readiness to grant candidate status once the outstanding priorities are addressed, Michel added.Ukraine and European Union flags hang together on the exterior of the building prior to an extraordinary plenary session on Ukraine at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.06.2022Situation in UkraineUkraine Not Fit for Accession to EU Despite Commission’s Opinion, Ex-Belgian Lawmaker SaysEarlier on Thursday, members of the EU Parliament adopted by a majority of votes a resolution to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova “without delay.”The resolution garnered 529 votes from lawmakers in support, while 45 voted against it, and 14 abstained.Last Friday, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine and Moldova a candidate status if they satisfy a number of preconditions before the integration negotiations begin.

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