France says Ukraine’s accession to the EU could take “15 or 20 years”

France says Ukraine's accession to the EU could take "15 or 20 years"

Ukraine’s accession to the EU “will probably take 15 or 20 years” – France’s Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Clement Bonn, estimated on Sunday (22).

Boone thought that before that, Kyiv It could enter the European political community proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

We have to be honest (…) If we say that Ukraine will join the European Union in six months or a year or two, we are lying.. Not right. Likely to be in 10 or 20 yearsThe minister said in an interview with J.

“In the meantime, we owe the Ukrainians … a political project that they can enter,” he continued.

At the beginning of May, Macron proposed the creation of european political community As a “complement” to the accession process. Yesterday (21), Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized the proposal and insisted on the immediate start of the process of his country’s full accession to the European Union.

This Sunday (22), Bonn stressed that Macron’s proposal “is not a substitute for joining the European political community. It does not prevent accession later.”

The French official added in Macron’s plan that “there can be freedom of movement in Europe and it is possible to take advantage of the European budget for the reconstruction and revitalization of your country, society and economy.”

The issue of enlarging the European Union to include Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova is causing controversy and divisions within the bloc. Germany and France have already warned against rapid accession, as Kyiv wants.

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On May 9, Macron made it clear that Ukraine would need “contracts” to enter the European Union and suggested that it, in the meantime, be part of this “European political community”. This new institutional arrangement could also include the United Kingdom, which left the European Union in 2020.

It is expected that the heads of state and government of the bloc of 27 countries will discuss the French project during the European summit scheduled for the end of June.

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