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Smart Take | Ukraine Moves One Step Closer to EU Membership

November 9, 20232:10

The European Union executive released an assessment of progress on Ukraine’s bid to join the bloc. Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Georgia’s bids for membership were also reviewed. Robin Quinville, Director of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, provides an overview of the EU’s decision. She comments on Ukraine’s progress towards fulfilling the bloc’s demands, how other candidate countries fared, and the significance behind the progress report. Some analysts expect that EU leaders will agree to opening official membership negotiations with Ukraine in early 2024.


Robin Quinville

Robin S. Quinville

Director, Global Europe Program
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The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, US-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. We investigate European approaches to critical global issues: digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance. We also examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our program activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more