European Commission to announce talks on Ukraine's membership with some "warnings": exact date
On November 8, the European Commission (EC) will recommend the launch of negotiations on Ukraine's membership in the European Union (EU), but without an accelerated procedure. In the same document, the EC will recommend launching a corresponding process for Moldova.
This was reported by Politico. According to the publication's sources, the European Commission's document will contain "technical" reservations.
"These will not be minor but rather serious warnings," a representative of the French government warned. In particular, it refers to the need for Ukraine and Moldova to make more efforts to:
- fighting corruption;
- establishing an independent judiciary;
- protecting the rights of minorities.
In addition, the EU assures that there is no accelerated accession procedure for Ukraine. "There can be no fast track for any country that wants to join," the publication quotes the European Commission as saying.
Meanwhile, on November 1, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine aims to reach a political decision on EU membership by the end of 2023. Thus, Kyiv is optimistic about the prospects of joining the united European family.
At the same time, along with the actual invitation to Ukraine and Moldova, the bloc countries are promoting reforms of the EU itself. Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal, in particular, are in favor of it.
"They fear that without further steps towards the reform, the EU could 'swell' to 30 or more members without a coherent plan for how to function effectively. It will resemble something like Frankenstein's monster or, even worse, the United Nations," the article says.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, Zelensky recently signed a law important for negotiations with the EU. The legislative changes made were also a structural beacon for the IMF.