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Ukraine Likely to Win Initial EU Backing for Path to Membership

  • EU Commission expected to make recommendation next week
  • Advice seen linked to rule of law, anti-corruption conditions
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The European Union’s executive arm is expected to recommend next week that Ukraine be granted candidate status, a key step on the long path to EU membership, according to people familiar with the matter.

The recommendation, which needs to be debated and adopted by the college of EU commissioners, would come with conditions linked to the rule of law and anti-corruption legislation, said the people who declined to be named on a confidential matter.