Ukraine and Moldova begin negotiations with the EU

Yesterday, the ambassadors of the European Union agreed to officially start accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova, the Belgian Presidency of the EU announced.

Ukraine applied to join the EU immediately after the start of the war in Ukraine in February 2022. It and neighboring Moldova received candidate status four months later, Klix reports.

"The ambassadors agreed in principle on the negotiating framework for the accession negotiations of Ukraine and Moldova," the Belgian presidency said.

The first intergovernmental conferences are said to be held on June 25. Belgium chairs the EU Council of Ministers until June 30.

European Council President Charles Michel welcomed the agreement in a post on social network X (formerly Twitter).

"We keep our promises and will support you on your journey to membership," said Michelle.

This decision comes seven days after the European Commission announced that both Kyiv and Chisinau meet all the criteria for the official start of accession negotiations.

The criteria included efforts to limit the power of oligarchs and better ensure the rights of ethnic minorities. Years of negotiations lie ahead for Ukraine and Moldova.

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