REACTIONS The Twenty-Seven met this Thursday, at a European summit in Brussels, to grant Ukraine the status of candidate for membership to the European Union
Emmanuel Macron, on the left, and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, on the right, on June 23, 2022. — Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP /SIPA
A new page opens. The status of candidate for the European Union granted this Thursday evening at; Ukraine and Moldova by the Twenty-Seven is a « very strong signal vis-à-vis Russia » French President Emmanuel Macron. Emmanuel Macron, whose country holds the six-monthly presidency of the Council of the EU, welcomed the “ a political gesture » of “ strong and united Europe », during a press conference in Paris. Brussels where a European summit is held. “ We have advanced to no giant » the French President.
À Kiev la semaine dernière, nous avons pris un engagement : œuvrer pour offrir à l’Ukraine le statut de candidat à l’adhésion à l’Union européenne. Nous y sommes. Ce soir nous ouvrons une nouvelle étape pour l’Ukraine, pour la Moldavie, pour l’Europe. C’est historique.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 23, 2022
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“ All of this we owe to the Ukrainian people who are fighting to defend our values, their sovereignty, their integrity; territorial, we also owe it to; Moldova, given its political situation, the destabilizations it is undergoing and the generosity; which she was able to demonstrate » ;, continued Emmanuel Macron. “ The process ahead will be demanding,» he warned.
EU Heads of State and Government have acknowledged that Ukraine and Moldova candidate status the EU, and granted “ a European perspective » to Georgia, which will still have to carry out reforms before obtaining this status. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomed “ a major moment, a very good day for Europe ». This decision « strengthens us all », « it strengthens Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia against the odds. Russian aggression », she said.