The two-day EU summit has started in Brussels. It is expected that the EU leaders will make a decision on granting Ukraine the status of a candidate country of the Moldovan bloc. Earlier, the executive body of the European Union had presented such a proposal.
“Historical events are taking place,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said before the start of the summit.
In the long and difficult path of membership, candidates must bring their countries into line with the so-called “Copenhagen criteria” ․ This implies large-scale reforms aimed at eliminating corruption, establishing full democracy, ensuring freedom of the press and human rights. One of the mandatory requirements is an open market competitive economy.
The European Commission has presented a list of reforms to all three post-Soviet countries wishing to join the European Union: Ukraine with seven points and Moldova with nine.