The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced on Monday, May 9, that “the enormous momentum” in Ukrainian society for “profound change” can pave a “different path” towards the European Union. “Ukraine is already very close to the EU,” she asserted.
During a press conference following the closing ceremony of the Conference on the Future of Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, von der Leyen praised the “momentum”.
The official added that Ukraine has a “deep and comprehensive free trade agreement” with the bloc and is connected to its power grid.
“For Ukraine, there is a special path, we have to compromise on the combination of reforms and massive investments,” he said.
Earlier, von der Leyen announced on Twitter that the European Commission had received 5,000 pages of questionnaire responses from Ukraine for the bloc’s membership and would deliver its evaluation of the application in June.
For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron was more cautious on the issue in his speech at the ceremony, proposing a “European political community” for candidate countries, including Ukraine and the Western Balkans.
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The French leader indicated that the EU “has set the bar very high when it comes to integration and, as a result, it will be impossible to integrate new members for a few years or even decades.”
According to his point of view, the community would be a new organization of common values in order to carry out investments in infrastructure, energy, transport, as well as security cooperation.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky applied for EU membership just four days after Russia invaded the country on February 24 and called for the application process to be speeded up.
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