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‘It's time for signaling to Ukrainian people that we want them in as soon as possible’ Šefčovič




Following the informal General Affairs Council in Arles (4 March) Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said that contrary to reports there was absolute unity among ministers on the need to send a very strong, clear political signal to the Ukrainian people that EU membership is possible.

“It's time for signalling that Ukrainian people are a European people and we want them in as soon as possible,” asserted Šefčovič. “I think that we have to focus on what is most important now to help Ukraine in the fight against the enemy and to offer them any assistance we can we can offer.

“I think that what is important today is to assure them that we see them inside the EU at the European table in future. The time for mechanics and processes will come later. Now we have to focus on what is more important, and that is to send a very strong political signal that we consider Ukraine a European country, we see them as a future member state and I'm sure that with that political encouragement, we can really achieve a lot.”

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