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The process of Ukraine's accession to the EU may take several years, even decades. This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron, BFMTV reports.
“We all know that the process of joining the EU can take many years and even several decades. <…> Let's be honest, the European Union cannot be the only means of structuring the European continent,— said the French leader.
Macron proposed the creation of a new “European political community” that would include Ukraine. “Ukraine, thanks to its struggle and its courage, is already the heart of our union,” — he stressed.
The President of France also supported the idea of the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to amend the EU treaties and, if necessary, abandon the unified vote of 27 member states on key issues.
Ursula von der Leyen said earlier that the EU countries support Ukraine's aspirations to join the EU. At the same time, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that this topic is not on the agenda now.
Eight EU countries— Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia— supported the idea of accelerated accession of Ukraine to the Union.
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Nevertheless, Croatian Minister Andriy Plenkovic said that a quick entry of Ukraine into the European Union is impossible. “No one entered the European Union overnight”, — he noted. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte reminded that there is no fast-track process for this.
Macron doubted that it was possible to open a membership procedure with a country that is “at war”.
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, in turn, said that he opposes Ukraine's accession to the EU, and called, showing flexibility, to find other ways to strengthen cooperation between Brussels and Kyiv. In Ukraine, Schallenberg's statements were considered “short-sighted” and “not in the interests of Europe.”
Ukraine signed an association agreement with the EU in 2014. The refusal to sign the document by ex-president Viktor Yanukovych caused mass protests, which subsequently led to a change of power in Ukraine.
Ukraine's aspiration to the EU has been officially enshrined in the country's Constitution since 2019.
In At the end of February, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's accession to the EU. In mid-April, he handed over the completed questionnaire to the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Matti Maasikas.
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanyshina said that Ukraine could receive the status of a candidate member of the European Union by June 2022.
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