Skip to content
Edit post

Borrell: Ukraine's EU membership bid creates momentum for further enlargement

by Martin Fornusek November 13, 2023 1:45 PM 2 min read
Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the von der Leyen Commission, stands in the European Parliament building and speaks. (Philipp von Ditfurth/picture alliance via Getty Images)
This audio is created with AI assistance

The EU Commission's support for Ukraine membership talks can revitalize stagnating admission processes of other candidate countries, the EU's chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, said on Nov. 13, Ukrinform reported.

"It will create momentum and move forward an entire line of countries who want to become EU members," Borrell said in Brussels ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting.

"There are certain obstacles for Serbia and Kosovo, yes, but the dynamics that Ukraine created by applying for membership will affect... all the candidates whose bids ended up in a certain phase of stagnation."

The EU's executive arm recommended on Nov. 8 to formally launch membership talks with Ukraine and Moldova. Kyiv, which submitted its EU application in February 2022, has fulfilled four of the seven criteria needed to open the negotiations, Brussels said.

Ukraine moves one step closer to joining EU. What’s next?
The European Commission’s historic decision on Nov. 8 recommending formal talks on Ukraine’s EU membership may be a milestone, but political hurdles, reforms, and years of negotiations still await before the country can finally join. After applying for EU membership on Feb. 28, 2022, just four days…

The actual start of the talks must be approved by all EU leaders, most likely during a summit in December. Hungary has already voiced opposition to opening the negotiations.

Borrell also said that the EU should continue to pay attention to the progress of other candidate members and to observe how the EU's foreign policy is reflected in the actual policies of those candidates.

The Commission's Nov. 8 report included a recommendation to grant candidacy status to Georgia, a country that was omitted when the EU made Ukraine and Moldova candidates in June.

Georgia's current political trajectory under the ruling Georgian Dream party sparked worries of democratic backsliding and of the country's shift to the Kremlin's orbit.

Together with Ukraine and Moldova, the list of EU candidates includes Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania. Kosovo has applied for membership, and Turkey's candidacy talks have been frozen.

Support independent journalism in Ukraine. Join us in this fight.
Freedom can be costly. Both Ukraine and its journalists are paying a high price for their independence. Support independent journalism in its darkest hour. Support us for as little as $1, and it only takes a minute.
visa masterCard americanExpress

News Feed

9:13 PM

UK will boost humanitarian aid to Ukraine by over $10 million.

"Ukrainians are bravely defending their land against Russia’s brutal invasion, but the past two years of war have had a tragic impact on millions of people across Ukraine. Families have been separated, towns and villages decimated, and vital civilian infrastructure destroyed," said U.K. Foreign Secretary David Cameron in a written statement.
Ukraine Daily
News from Ukraine in your inbox
Ukraine news
Please, enter correct email address
2:30 PM

Russia's Supreme Court head dies in Moscow.

Vyacheslav Lebedev, who was chairman of Russia's Supreme Court since December 1991, died in Moscow on Feb. 23. Russia's judiciary has long been controlled by the Kremlin, with the country's parliament rubber stamping a heap of oppressive legislation, while courts handing out politically motivated sentences.
2:22 PM

Former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives in Kyiv.

"With their indomitable courage I have no doubt that the Ukrainians will win and expel Putin’s forces – provided we give them the military, political and economic help that they need," Johnson wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
1:44 PM

Zelensky: 'We are 730 days closer to victory'.

"Any normal person wants the war to end. But none of us will allow our Ukraine to end," President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video marking the two-year anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.
MORE NEWS

Editors' Picks

Enter your email to subscribe
Please, enter correct email address
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required
* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Subscribe
* indicates required

Subscribe

* indicates required
Successfuly subscribed
Thank you for signing up for this newsletter. We’ve sent you a confirmation email.