EU Commission backs placing Ukraine on lengthy way to membership

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The European Commission on Friday recommended that Ukraine and Moldova become official candidates for European Union membership. “We all know that Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live with us the European dream,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at a press conference in Brussels. She said Ukraine should be made a candidate country on the understanding that “important work also remains to be done,” pointing towards numerous reforms required to meet EU standards. Von der Leyen said Ukraine needs to make progress in the areas of economy, str…

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