Portuguese Prime Minister Costa announces that the European Union cannot accept Ukraine
MOSCOW, November 22 – RIA Novosti. The publication said that the EU does not have the opportunity to accept new members, especially Ukraine, into its ranks. settled in Portugal Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa.
The politician pointed out that European leaders are deliberately creating expectations among potential members of the union that may not materialize and result in “major drama in the short term”. According to him, the EU runs the risk of “reproducing on a whole Eastern European scale” what has been happening for decades with Turkey.
Recalling that Brussels has special requirements for membership candidates, the official added that there are no criteria for evaluating the union’s ability to accept new countries. Costa stressed that under the current conditions, the European Union is not in a position to enlarge.
“With its current institutional structure and current budget architecture, the European Union currently does not have the conditions to justify the expectations it has created,” he said.
The politician stressed that reform and restructuring are necessary to further expand the union.
Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application for Ukraine’s accession to the EU on February 28. At the summit held in Brussels on 23 June, the EU heads of state and government approved the granting of candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova to join the union. To begin accession negotiations, countries must meet a number of conditions, including reforms.
Obtaining candidate status is only the beginning of a long journey to join the EU. Turkey has been a candidate since 1999, North Macedonia since 2005, Montenegro since 2010 and Serbia since 2012. Croatia became the last country to join the EU in 2013, a ten-year period.