Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are "belong to the European family" and "share our European values", David Mcallister, a Member of the European Parliament, told the Georgian Public Broadcaster on Wednesday.
Mcallister made comments on the three states' bids to join the European Union, and said the decision on granting the mentioned countries candidate status must be taken by the 27 current member states.
The procedure has been launched. The commission will analyze the situation in all three countries and submit the report on whether the existing conditions in the states correspond to the status of a candidate, the German MEP explained.
Mcallister also highlighted that giving Ukraine a European perspective was an expression of solidarity at this unusually difficult time, when people across Europe “are praying for courageous Ukrainian women and men.”
On Monday, ambassadors of EU member states agreed to invite the EU Commission to present the opinion on applications by Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova to join the Union.
Georgia officially applied for membership on March 3, with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili signing the country’s membership application.