|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)|
|Series Details||COM (2022) 407|
|Content Type||News, Policy-making, Report|
Communication adopted by the European Commission on 17 June 2022, comprising the European Commission's Opinion concerning Ukraine's application to become a member of the European Union (EU).
Ukraine's authorities presented its application for EU membership on 28 February 2022, a few days after Russia decided invade the country. On 7 March, the Council of the European Union requested the European Commission to submit its Opinion on this application. This decision was endorsed by the European Council at an informal meeting held later in the month.
In this Opinion, the Commission assesses Ukraine’s application on the basis of its capacity to meet the criteria set by the European Council in 1993 and in 1995, notably regarding the country’s administrative capacity. The Opinion also takes into account Ukraine’s efforts in implementing its obligations under the Association Agreement (AA) and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which entered into force in September 2017.
This Opinion was prepared following a methodology similar to that used in previous Commission Opinions. Ukraine received questionnaires on 8 April 2022 on the political and economic criteria and on 13 April on the EU acquis chapters and provided its replies on 17 April and on 9 May respectively. This Opinion is a structural assessment against established criteria and builds on knowledge and experience gained through many years of close cooperation of the EU with Ukraine.
Ukraine was eventually granted the EU candidate status by the European Council at a summit on 23 June 2022.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||Bilateral Relations, EU Enlargement|
|Keywords||Accession Criteria | Copenhagen Criteria
|Countries / Regions||Ukraine|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|