Ukraine–European Union relations
Rosen Zhelyazkov, the Speaker of Bulgaria's National Assembly, conveyed Bulgaria's staunch backing for Ukraine's accession to the European Union during a speech delivered to members of the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv. Zhelyazkov emphasized that Ukraine's integration into the EU is not only a geopolitical choice but also a shared aspiration that Bulgaria fervently advocates.
The leaders of the 27 European Union countries sealed a deal on Feb. 1 to provide Ukraine with a new 50-billion-euro ($54 billion) support package despite Hungary's weeks of threats to veto the move.
European Council President Charles Michel announced the agreement about only an hour into the leaders' summit in Brussels.
The fight to root out endemic corruption remains a major issue as Ukraine presses its bid to secure membership in the European Union
European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to start accession talks with EU candidates Ukraine and Moldova while granting formal candidate status to Georgia.
Accession talks themselves could take a decade or longer. Below is a list of countries hoping to one day become members of the EU, and their formal status:
COUNTRIES WITH CANDIDATE COUNTRY STATUS