The European Commission has given the go-ahead: what’s next for Ukraine on its way to the EU

As predicted, on Friday, 17 June, the European Commission recommended granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership. And although the final decision will be made at the EU summit on 23–24 June, thisindicates that the meeting will end positively for Kyiv. Whether the visit to Ukraine by the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania influenced the European Commission’s decision, whether current pace of Ukraine’s European integration will be maintained after acquiring the candidate status, whether the European criteria are realistic for Ukraine to become a full member of the European Union, and some other questions were discussed with Mykhailo Pashkov, co-director of the Razumkov Centre’s Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes.

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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