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    The EU flag was solemnly installed in the Verkhovna Rada: what is happening (photo, video)

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    President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen addressed the deputies via video link

    The EU flag was installed in the Rada / Photo: Collage: Today

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    Today in the Verkhovna Rada, the guard of honor of the National Guard carried and solemnly installed on the podium next to the flag of Ukraine the flag of the European Union. This event is timed to coincide with our country obtaining the status of a candidate for EU membership.

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    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was on video link when the flag was set. She smiled and applauded.

    Commenting on the installation of the EU flag, the speaker of parliament said from the rostrum that his dream had come true.

    “Until this morning, I had two dreams. The first is when the flag of the European Union will fly in the hall of the Verkhovna Rada, next to the yellow-blue flag! The second is when I finally take off my military uniform and put on a white shirt with a suit to see off plenary sessions in a peaceful parliament. The first dream has already come true. So a friend will come true! Definitely!”, – said the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk.

    He also noted that the EU flag suits the Verkhovna Rada both in color and in meaning.

    Ukraine’s accession to the EU

    Ukraine officially applied for EU membership on February 28, 2022, a day earlier, some heads of European countries spoke in favor of integration with Ukraine. On March 1, 2022, the European Parliament supported a resolution granting Ukraine the status of an EU candidate country.

    17 June European Commission recommended granting Ukraine candidate status for EU membership.

    June 23 The European Parliament supported the granting of candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova to the European Union. The MEPs adopted a corresponding resolution. 529 officials voted in favor, 45 against, 14 abstained.

    Former site “Today” informedwhat path Ukraine will have to go after the “green light” from the European Commission. Also we wrotethat the deputy head of the EC called the terms for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union.

    Source: Segodnya

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