21 Jun, 2022

Renew Europe urges European Council to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, and to continue working towards granting the same status to Georgia

The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament welcomed last week’s historic announcement by the European Commission to recommend that the European Council grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Republic of Moldova, following their applications to become members of the European Union. At the same time, Renew Europe calls on the EU to continue working towards granting the same status to Georgia.

Renew Europe, which has been strongly advocating for this decision to be made, urges the European Council to follow the Commission's recommendation and avoid any further delays. The process must be based on merit, reaffirming the EU’s commitment to enlargement, which is more than ever a geostrategic investment in a strong, stable and united Europe.

Renew Europe has also pushed for a resolution on the EU candidate status of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia to be debated and voted on this week during the European Parliament plenary session in Brussels.

Petras Auštrevičius MEP (Liberal Movement, LT), shadow rapporteur on Ukraine, said:

"A positive assessment by the Commission is the right and inevitable decision, underlining the EU's openness and values-based policy. We welcome this decision and commit ourselves to continue to develop a mutually beneficial partnership for the sake of all Europeans."

Dragoş Tudorache MEP (REPER, RO), Renew Europe Group Vice-Chair and the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Moldova, added:

“There is no better way to fight external threats than through unity, solidarity and building on democratic projects that have our values at the core. The European project was born out of the need to avoid war on the continent and to work towards prosperity. Today, the European Commission has lived up to the expectation and reaffirmed the raison d'être of the EU. Congratulations to the strong and inspired leaders of Ukraine and Moldova who made this happen. My deepest admiration to their citizens who fought for democracy, even at the expense of their lives. It will not happen overnight, but Ukraine and Moldova are on track to become EU member states.”

Photo credit: Petras Auštrevičius

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