Minister Delegate to the French Foreign Ministry Clement Bon: Ukraine's accession to the EU will take 15-20 years Scholz and Macron warned about the same, in Kyiv they said that the country does not need “surrogates for candidate status”
The process of Ukraine's accession to the European Union may take 15 or 20 years. This was stated by Minister Delegate to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for European Affairs Clement Bon on the air of Radio J.
“We need to be honest <…> If we say that Ukraine will join the EU in six months, a year or two years, it will not be true <…> It will probably take 15 or 20 years,” — he said, recalling that it was “a very long process.”
French President Emmanuel Macron also warned on May 9 that the process of Ukraine's accession to the EU could take several years or even decades. He proposed to create a new “European political community”, which would already include Ukraine.
The fact that the “shortcut” there is no way to join the European Union, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on May 19. He agreed with Macron that the process of Ukraine's accession to the EU could drag on for years.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, in turn, stressed that Kyiv wants to receive a full-fledged status of the country— candidate for EU membership.
According to him, some EU members adhere to “strategic uncertainty”; on this issue, which does not suit the Ukrainian side. “We don't need surrogates for EU candidate status who show second-rate attitudes towards Ukraine,” — noted Kuleba.
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Thus, eight EU countries— Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia— supported the idea of accelerated accession of Ukraine to the union.
Nevertheless, Croatian Minister Andriy Plenkovic said that a quick entry of Ukraine into the European Union is impossible. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte reminded that there is no fast track process for this. Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg opposed Ukraine's accession to the EU and called for other ways to strengthen cooperation between Brussels and Kyiv.
Ukraine signed an association agreement with the EU in 2014. The refusal to sign it cost President Viktor Yanukovych power. In 2019, the country's desire to join the European Union was enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine.
At the end of February, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for the country's entry into the Union, and in mid-April handed over the completed questionnaire to the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Matti Maasikasu.
Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanyshina admitted that Ukraine could get the status of an EU candidate by June this year.
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