Ukraine–European Union relations
The European Union today put a tighter focus on energy during the Czech presidency of the EU Council, given Russia's war in Ukraine. "We must prepare for a further disruption of gas supplies, even a complete shutdown of supplies from Russia," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament.
The European leaders during the Summit gave the “green light” to start the accession negotiations of Ukraine and Moldova in the European Union.
Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:
The Council of the EU has approved Ukraine and Moldova receiving candidate status
Yesterday, the Council of the European Union approved Ukraine and Moldova receiving candidate status.
This was announced on Twitter by the President of the Council Charles Michel.
"We want Serbia with us, but for that we need clear evidence that the country shares our values, such as the rule of law and democracy, and that it rejects the Russian invasion," Von der Leyen said in an interview with the Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung and Kleine Zeitung.
She underlined that the foreign policy commitment of the candidates is very important.
Luxembourg – Slovenia’s proposal that the EU should grant Bosnia-Herzegovina EU candidate status as soon as possible received a great deal of support and, above all, a great deal of understanding at today’s meeting of EU foreign ministers, Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon said after she outlined the proposal to her counterparts.