Today, the European Commission proposed to start accession negotiations with Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was announced by the head of the EU executive, Ursula von der Leyen. The European Commission then recommended that Georgia be granted the status of a candidate country for EU membership.
However, all states still have to fulfill certain conditions and reforms. In the case of Moldova, for example, it is progress in the fight against corruption, according to the commission’s materials. Georgia should then curb disinformation and political polarization, as well as ensure the holding of free and fair elections in 2024.
Regarding Ukraine, von der Leyen praised the reforms that Kyiv is undertaking, for example, in the area of justice and the fight against corruption. However, it is necessary for the country to meet other conditions that the European Commission set last summer.
In the case of Bosnia, the commission’s step is surprising for many diplomats, as there have been no recent reports from the country of progress in fulfilling the necessary conditions of the European Union. However, according to von der Leyen, progress can be seen in Bosnia in the fight against organized crime, money laundering and terrorism. On the other hand, some moments, especially some steps taken by the Bosnian Serbs, cause concern, said the head of the EU executive.
Today, the Commission published its regular evaluation report on the progress of individual countries on their way to the European Union. However, the presidents and prime ministers of all EU countries will still have to confirm the proposals at their December summit.