French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the creation of a new “European political community” that includes countries like Ukraine, which want to join the European Union (EU), but whose accession processes could take several years. Macron and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, were in favor of revising the Union’s treaties.
The French head of state proposed, at the end of the Conference on the Future of Europe, in the European Parliament, that the “European political community” be created by “a new area of political cooperation, security, energy cooperation” but, “in particular the youth”. It would be designed above all for countries that, having ceased to be “under the yoke of the Soviet Union”, are now liberal democracies.
For Macron, this would be the most suitable formula to deepen the rapprochement between the EU and Ukraine without disrespecting the rigor that the latter’s accession to the Union requires. “The EU cannot be, in the short term, the only means to restructure the European continent”, warned the French leader.
“Ukraine, through its courage and its struggle, is already a member of our family. It is a member at heart,” Macron continued. “But even if tomorrow he were given the status of candidate [to join the EU], we all know very well that this process would take several years and, in all honesty, several decades. This is the reality”, he countered.
Source: With Agencies