Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte said on May 23 that the likelihood that Ukraine will soon become a candidate for EU membership is low. Note that the VVD party headed by Rutte still does not want to give Ukraine this status.
The Dutch prime minister said that too many EU countries do not like this idea.
Rutte announced this in parliament, according to NL News.
Rutte also said that Ukraine’s quick access to EU candidate status would also be unfair to the countries of the Western Balkans, which have been waiting much longer for this status.
According to the head of the Dutch government, in this case, one of the options is that Ukraine becomes a potential candidate for EU membership and is told how many steps are still to be taken to acquire a full-fledged status.
“This has already happened with Bosnia. This will also help ensure that the Ukrainian government is not demotivated,” Rutte said.
It should be noted that several parties in the lower house of the Dutch Parliament called for Ukraine to become a candidate for EU membership as soon as possible. These are D66, PvdA and GroenLinks, that is, a coalition party and two opposition parties with which the government often tries to cooperate in voting. The VVD party, led by Rutte, still does not want to grant Ukraine the status of an EU candidate.
Recall that on May 9, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed the creation of a new political union , in which it would be possible to accept countries that are not members of the EU, such as Ukraine. The French President proposed “creating what he would call a European political community.”
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky explained that the state will not agree to any alternative to joining the EU and the state does not need such a “compromise between Europe and the Russian Federation.”
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