"Ersatz EU" for Ukraine: why the European Union candidate status is so difficult for us

Granting Ukraine the candidate status for joining the EU is a “moment of truth” in relations between Kyiv and Brussels

Ukraine’s passing of the next stage of European integration was lightning-fast.

On 28 February 2022, Kyiv applied to join the European Union. On 1 March, the European Parliament supported the granting of candidate status to Ukraine. And already on 9 May the European Commission received the second part of the completed EU “questionnaire”. It is expected that at the June EU Summit, a decision will be made on granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for joining the European Union.

But this decision will hardly be easy for the European Union. This is a kind of "moment of truth" in the relations between Kyiv and Brussels.

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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