This would change the balance of power, – the former head of the Polish Foreign Ministry called opponents of Ukraine's immediate entry into the EU
Among the EU countries there are opponents of the immediate entry of Ukraine into the European Union. They believe this would change the balance of power within the bloc and potentially undermine their dominance.
Witold Jan Waszczykowski, ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, a Polish MEP from a group of European conservatives and reformists, a representative in the Parliamentary Committee of the Ukraine-EU Association, spoke about this in an exclusive commentary for Channel 24 .
There are countries in the EU that oppose the immediate entry of Ukraine
Waszczykowski noted that he, together with the Law and Justice government, has long been in favor of Ukraine's membership in the EU.
The European Parliament has also historically been more supportive in this regard than most EU member states, especially Western European countries, added the former head of the Polish Foreign Ministry.
According to him, despite the lessons of Russia's tough war against Ukraine, the general support for an accelerated path for Kyiv's accession still provokes resistance in Berlin and Paris.
“Opponents of Ukraine's immediate EU membership argue their position with procedures. The European Commission also tends to shift its target position when it comes to accession requirements, so Ukraine's reforms and efforts to get closer are never good enough,” Waszczykowski explained .
The Polish politician takes these “hindrances” as an excuse. He believes that there is currently no political will in Germany, France or the Netherlands.
Unfortunately, officials in the EU are reluctant to welcome Ukraine into the club, as this would change the balance of power within the bloc and potentially undermine their dominance. This stagnation will not be easy to overcome, as even the heroism of Ukraine and the de facto defense of Europe's security have not convinced our partners to change this approach. – said the MEP.
At the same time, Waszczykowski believes that it would be possible to provide Ukraine with access to the EU single market and integrate the country through infrastructure within the framework of the Three Seas Initiative.
Ukraine's accession to the EU: what is known
- On March 6, Ukraine complied with all 7 EU recommendations. This was preceded by the appointment of a new director of NABU, Semyon Krivonos.
- The European Union agreed to provide Ukraine with an interim assessment of its compliance with the 7 criteria received with the status of a candidate. This move by Brussels should speed up negotiations with Ukraine on EU accession.
- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that starting negotiations on membership in 2023 is the goal of our state.
- Recall that Ukraine applied for EU membership on February 28, 2022.
- On June 23 of the same year, she officially acquired the status of a candidate member of the European Union.