Candidate status for Ukraine: some interim results

This is just the beginning of the path to the EU membership

On 23 June, Ukraine officially became a candidate for EU membership. Without exaggeration, it is a historical event of sacred meaning and geopolitical significance, as well as concrete pragmatic consequences.

In fact, the candidate status is important for Ukraine for many reasons. First, this is an act of EU’s strategic solidarity with Ukraine, which is of great importance in the context of Russian intervention. On the other hand, it is a clear signal to the aggressor, that is, a geopolitical verdict on the imperial reintegration plans of the “post-Soviet space”.

Mykhailo Pashkov

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes

Born in 1958 in Roslavl, Smolensk oblast, Russia


Smolensk Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of the Russian Language and Literature (1979)

Moscow Institute of Youth, Faculty of Journalism (1986)

Kyiv Institute of Political Science and Public Administration (1991)

Ph. D. in Philosophy; the author of more than 50 publications

1979 – 1989 — worked at different positions in district, regional and republican newspapers in Russia and Moldova

1991 – 1994 — worked in scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1994 – 1998 — Diplomatic Service at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre's Leading Expert

Diplomatic Rank: First Secretary. Most recent position in state structures — Chief Consultant, Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff

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