Sweden and EU Commission back European Union candidate status for Ukraine

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  • Both Sweden and the European Commission now support placing Ukraine and Moldova on the path to European Union membership.

  • Becoming a so-called 'candidate country' is the first step in a long process toward possible EU membership, where candidates must meet certain criteria before they can move forward.

  • Following a meeting with Swedish parliament's committee on EU affairs, Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde told reporters on Friday that it's a clear yes from the Swedish government.