Ukraine’s accession to the EU will “probably take 15 or 20 years”, says Paris


Ukraine’s accession to the European Union will take “probably 15 or 20 years”estimated on Sunday the French Minister Delegate for European Affairs, advocating that kyiv enter in the meantime into the European political community proposed by President Macron.

“You have to be honest. […] If we say that Ukraine will join the EU in 6 months, 1 year or 2 years, we are lying. It’s not true. It’s probably 15 or 20 years, it’s very long “said Clément Beaune on Radio J.

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“I don’t want Ukrainians to be sold illusions and lies. If we say to the Ukrainians: Welcome to the EUbut you didn’t read about the contract, in footnote, Hi it’s in 15 yearsI think that tomorrow we are preparing disappointments for a whole generation of Ukrainian people »he continued.

“In the meantime, we owe the Ukrainians (…) a political project in which they can enter”continued Clément Beaune.

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The European political community proposed by President Macron is “complementary to the EU” and “can offer a political and concrete project to countries which are not in the heart of the EU and which want to get closer to us”further observed the minister.

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An “open door”

“It is not a closed door but on the contrary an open door”he said, citing pell-mell advantages like the “free movement in Europe” and power “benefit in part from the European budget for reconstruction and tomorrow for recovery” of Ukraine, perhaps common energy policies.

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The issue of EU enlargement to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova is generating controversy and dissension within the Union. The head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba on Thursday denounced a “second zone treatment” from “certain capitals” about Ukraine’s application to join the EU.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had said earlier that he was not in favor of granting Ukraine a ” shortcut “ with a view to joining the EU.

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“We cannot be kept at a distance”

In his speech on the occasion of Europe Day, May 9, Emmanuel Macron stressed that Ukraine, invaded by Russia, was already “heart member of our union”.

But he felt that the process of joining the EU, to which Kyiv aspires, “would take several years, indeed several decades”. He had proposed, in parallel, the creation of a “new European organization”.

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“We cannot be kept at a distance”President Volodymyr Zelensky had replied to him, before continuing on Saturday:

“We don’t need alternatives to Ukraine’s EU candidacy, we don’t need such compromises. »

Asked about this reaction, the French minister said ” to understand “ Volodymyr Zelensky because integration into the EU “mobilizes his people”.

“But I answer: European membership, let’s be honest, it takes time. »



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