European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said here Saturday that the commission will finalize the assessment on granting Ukraine European Union (EU) candidate status by the end of next week, reported Xinhua, quoting the Ukrinform news agency.
"The European Commission is currently preparing its recommendations — the so-called conclusion for EU member states. We have been working on this assessment day and night," von der Leyen said at the joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "Our discussions will allow us to conclude this work by the end of next week."
On Feb. 28, Zelensky signed an official appeal to the EU asking for the accession of Ukraine via a new special procedure.
Von der Leyen gave the EU membership questionnaire to Zelensky during her visit to Kiev in April. The first part of the document was submitted to the EU on April 18, while the second was delivered on May 9.
However, observers say even with candidate status, it may take years, if not decades, for Ukraine to obtain EU membership.