Welcome to the Brussels Edition, Bloomberg’s daily briefing on what matters most in the heart of the European Union.
Ukraine and Moldova are set to take a major step toward becoming members of the EU today. The bloc’s leaders are expected to grant the two countries official candidate status at a summit in Brussels. The symbolic victory for Ukraine, which is fighting off Russia’s invasion, will also draw attention to the languishing membership bids from countries like North Macedonia and Bosnia. Before their gathering, the leaders of the 27 member states will meet with the heads of these Western Balkan nations to find ways to further boost their integration with the bloc. Leaders are also set to discuss Russia’s weaponization of food and energy. Meanwhile, a dispute over Lithuania’s block on sanctioned goods in transit to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad threatens to heighten tensions between Russia and the EU.