Czech foreign minister confident European Council will confirm Ukraine’s candidate status

Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský expects that the European Council will confirm Ukraine's status as a candidate country for EU membership, the Czech Foreign Ministry said in a press release.  The Czech Republic is also in favour of granting candidate status to Moldova and Georgia. The European Commission on Friday recommended Ukraine's candidacy bid for EU membership. It said the country would have to implement a number of reforms that are linked to the accession process and address shortcomings in the rule of law or the fight against corruption. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski welcomed the Commission's recommendation as a historic decision.