Ukraine Update | Pro­s­pects of EU membership

On 28 Febru­ary, Ukraine’s Pre­si­dent Volo­dymyr Zel­en­sky for­mally signed Ukraine’s appli­ca­tion to join the EU. In our online brie­fing, we dis­cus­sed the pro­s­pects of this mem­ber­ship with Laure Delcour, Pro­fes­sor for inter­na­tio­nal rela­ti­ons and EU studies.

After for­mally signing Ukraine’s appli­ca­tion to join the EU, the Euro­pean Council invited the Com­mis­sion to submit its opinion on this appli­ca­tion on March 11th. While Ukraine hopes for a fast-track special pro­ce­dure to join the EU, some EU member states are reluc­tant to go that far. Is it rea­li­stic to expect that the Com­mis­sion will recom­mend gran­ting Ukraine the can­di­date country status? What is the French Pre­si­dency of the Euro­pean Council likely to push for? What are the pos­si­ble sce­na­rios and options available to the EU, and what kind of con­sen­sus can we expect the EU member states to come up with?
LibMod in con­ver­sa­tion with Laure Delcour, Asso­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Sor­bonne Nou­velle Uni­ver­sity and Visi­ting pro­fes­sor at the College of Europe. Mode­ra­tion by Iryna Solo­nenko, Senior Fellow at the Center for Liberal Modernity.
This has been the fifth brie­fing in a series of regular reports about Ukraine.