EU-Ukraine: green light with conditions

“Post factum conditions” have been set before Ukraine, and the candidacy may become questionable in the event of their non-fulfillment

On 17 June, the European Commission turned on the green light for Ukraine and Moldova by passing a positive decision on the status of a candidate for EU accession. It is worth recalling that the day earlier the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania visited Kyiv and declared their joint support for Ukraine's advancement to the EU. This determined the situation in favour of Ukraine on the eve of the European Council summit, also having a positive effect on the positions of skeptics — the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, and some other countries. We should not get ahead of the events, but if such trends persist, there are reasons to expect that on 23–24 June, Ukraine will receive the official status of a candidate for joining the EU.

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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