European Commission recommends making Ukraine EU-member candidate

The executive arm of the European Union has recommended making Ukraine a candidate for EU membership, with a view to eventually launching accession negotiations.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made the announcement at a news conference on Friday.

She said, "Ukraine has clearly demonstrated the country's aspiration and the country's determination to live up to European values and standards."

She also pointed out that Ukraine needs to address a number of issues, saying that the country should make progress in the fields of rule of law and fighting corruption.

The Ukrainian government applied for EU membership in the wake of Russia's invasion of the country.

The leaders of the EU member states are expected to discuss the recommendation during a summit scheduled for next week.

It requires the approval of all EU members for Ukraine to be given candidate status.

The European Commission also recommended on Friday that Moldova be granted candidate status.

But the commission didn't make a recommendation with regard to Georgia, saying that the country should carry out political and economic reforms first.