In three weeks, the European Council will consider granting Ukraine candidate status. Many in the EU underestimate the importance of this step. The possible postponement of this status will harm both Ukraine and the EU itself. In particular, it will slow down post-war reform, undermine democratic change in other countries, including the Balkans, increase the burden on the EU budget and push for new instability in Europe.

Candidate status is a green light for European investors, which will reduce the burden on the EU budget and boost the economies of Ukraine and Europe.

Candidate status for Ukraine, together with ambitious demands for further accession steps, will create a powerful tool for reforming Ukraine, as well as strengthen the European Union and its prestige in the world.

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