On 23-24 June 2022, the European Council adopted conclusions on Wider Europe, Ukraine, the membership applications from Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, Western Balkans, economic issues, Conference on the Future of Europe and external relations.
The European Council recognised the European perspective of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia and reiterated that the future of these countries and their citizens lies with the EU.
EU leaders granted candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. In this context, the leaders invited the European Commission to report to the Council on the fulfilment of the conditions specified in the Commission’s opinions on the respective membership applications. The Council will decide on further steps once all of these conditions are fully met.
The European Council has just decided EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova. This is a historic moment. Today marks a crucial step on your path towards the EU. Our future is together.
European Council President Charles Michel, 23 June 2022.
The European Council is ready to grant candidate status to Georgia once the priorities specified in the Commission’s opinion on Georgia’s membership application have been addressed.
Each country’s progress will depend on its own merits in meeting the Copenhagen criteria, and also on the EU’s capacity to accept new members.