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President Iohannis, PM Ciuca welcome the EC recommendation to grant European Union candidate status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova

The European Commission recommended granting Moldova EU candidate status on the understanding that the country will carry out reform, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced in Brussels on Friday.

“It is on a real pro-reform, anti-corruption and European path for the first time since independence,” Von der Leyen said.

“Of course, Moldova still has a long way to go (…), but we believe the country has the potential to live up to the requirements,”she said, adding this would require “major improvements” in the economy and public administration, on rule of law, anti-corruption and fighting organised crime.

At the same time, she announced, the European Commission recommended that EU member states grant Ukraine EU candidate status.

“We have one main message: Yes, Ukraine deserves a European perspective. It should be welcomed as a candidate country, on the understanding that important work remains to be done,” Von der Leyen said.

Also on Friday, the European Commission announced that Georgia must meet certain conditions before it can be granted candidate status for accession to the European Union.

“Georgia must now come together politically to design a clear path towards structural reform and the EU.”

“So we recommend the EU to grant the European perspective, but to come back and assess how it meets a number of conditions before granting it candidate status,” Von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.

 

Iohannis: This is a well-deserved step forward for the citizens of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova

 

President Klaus Iohannis welcomes the European Commission’s recommendation to grant European Union candidate status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova and believes that this is a “well-deserved step forward” for the citizens of the two states.

“After months of intense dialogue and coordination, I am very pleased to welcome the European Commission’s opinion on granting EU candidate status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. This is a well-deserved step forward for the citizens of Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. We will continue to actively support Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia to become part of the European Union family,” Iohannis wrote on Twitter on Friday.

 

PM Ciuca: Romanian Gov’t is ready to support the European course of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia

 

The Romanian government is ready to support the European course of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia, Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said on Friday after the European Commission sent a positive message on the same day on the EU candidate status and membership prospects for the three countries.

“Today, the European Commission sent a positive message about EU candidate status and membership for the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia. The Romanian government is ready to support the European course of our close eastern partners and their citizens’ aspirations for more prosperous and more democratic societies,” Nicolae Ciuca wrote in a message published on the government’s Facebook page.

 

Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: Facebook/Klaus Iohannis

 

 

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