Ukraine’s future lies contained in the European Union and the nation ought to develop into a member as quickly as attainable, the deputy head of the EU Commission mentioned on Friday.
“Now it is time for a strong message. It is time for signaling that the Ukrainian people are one of the European peoples. We want them in as soon as possible,” Commission Vice-President Maros Sefkovic mentioned after a gathering of EU Europe ministers in Arles within the south of France.
Enthusiasm has grown for Ukraine’s eventual EU membership within the wake of the Russian invasion amongst European lawmakers, after President Volodymyr Zelensky’s impassioned plea to the European parliament this week.
But the nation would nonetheless have to undergo the identical membership course of as another candidate, with no quick monitor route in prospect.
“The most important thing is to send a very strong political signal that we consider Ukraine. We see them as a future member state,” Sefkovic mentioned.
In his video deal with from Kyiv to the EU parliament on March 1, Zelensky had requested “immediate” EU membership, saying his nation was “fighting for survival”.
EU officers, whereas sympathetic, say there isn’t any short-cut path for membership and any accession course of can be prolonged.
Europe Minister Clement Beaune described supporting the prospect of EU membership for Ukraine as a “signal, a perspective that in any case will take several years”.
Sefcovic mentioned the EU, which has shocked some observers with the unity and power of its response to the Russian assault on Ukraine, had reworked itself within the days since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on February 24.
“Things are just transforming in such a dramatic way that I think now is time for the bold steps and as Europe was bold until now, I am sure we will be bold also in this issue,” Sefcovic added.
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