The European Commission takes the first step towards the integration of Moldova and Georgia into the EU

On Friday, the president of the European Commission did so in kyiv. Ursula von der Leyen handed President Volodímir Zelenski the questionnaire with which the Community Executive assesses membership applications. In kyiv, von der Leyen promised Zelensky to speed up the deadlines for the community exam. The examination then passes to the Council – the Governments – who have the last word in the enlargement process.

This Monday the turn has been for Georgia and Moldova. Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, has delivered two questionnaires to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, and that of Moldova, Nicu Popescu.

“A first step. We are ready to go very fast, so the faster you complete it, the faster we can provide the opinion to the European Council,” Várhelyi tweeted.

The political support for Moldova and Georgia comes after the one provided by Von der Leyen on Friday in kyiv: “We are on your side in your dream of Europe. Volodymyr, my message today is very clear. Ukraine belongs to the European family. We have heard your request loud and clear. And today we are here to give you a first positive answer. In this envelope, dear Vladimir, there is an important step towards joining the EU. The questionnaire that is here is the basis for our discussion in the coming weeks. It is where your path to Europe and the European Union begins. This questionnaire that I am giving you has to be answered because they are questions that later form the opinion of the European Union as a recommendation to the Council. We are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you complete. We know a lot about each other because we have been working together very intensively for the last few years. So it won’t be, as usual, a matter of years to form this opinion, it will be a matter of weeks if we work closely together.”

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