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Eugene Czolij: EU must wholeheartedly grant Ukraine candidate status for EU membership
(Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images), published by The Kyiv Independent
On 23-24 June, a European Summit will be held in Brussels where the European Council, composed of the heads of state of the 27 member states of the European Union, and the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, will be addressing the application for EU membership that Ukraine submitted on Feb. 28.
Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union, also known as the Maastricht Treaty, provides that: “Any European State which respects the values referred to in Article 2 and is committed to promoting them may apply to become a member of the Union […].”
Ukraine not only respects and promotes the European values referred to in the Maastricht Treaty, but it has also been defending them since 2014 with incredible courage and heroism against an authoritarian regime with imperialist ambitions bent on annihilating such values.
That is why, on June 17, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen rightly posted on Twitter that: “Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective.”