"We recommend to give Ukraine the candidate status, on the understanding that the country will carry out a number of important reforms. Ukraine has clearly shown commitment to live up to European values and standards. And embarked, before the war, on its way towards the EU," she said.
It was stated that Ukraine has already implemented roughly 70 % of rules, norms and standards.
"Yet important work remains to be done, on the rule of law, oligarchs, anti-corruption and fundamental rights. The process is merits-based. So progress depends entirely on Ukraine," declared the European Commission.
The Commission also recommends to grant Moldova the candidate status, on the understanding that the country will carry out reforms.
Moldova is on a real pro-reform, anti-corruption and European path. It still has a long way to go. But we believe it has the potential to live up to the criteria.
The Commission recommends to grant Georgia the European perspective, but to come back and assess how it meets a number of conditions before granting it the candidate status.