Austrian Chancellor Calls for Intermediate EU Membership for Ukraine

ZURICH (Reuters) – Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer known as on Sunday for an intermediate stage between cooperation and full membership of the European Union for international locations like Ukraine and Moldova.

The so-called “preparatory house” would permit international locations to achieve the requirements of the European Union, just like the European Economic Area (EEA) or the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA), Nehammer stated.

“We are united by the identical purpose, all of us desire a sturdy, unbiased and economically profitable Ukraine,” Nehammer stated in a press release issued by the chancellor’s workplace.

“Currently, Ukraine is combating for its political and territorial survival. All our efforts are primarily aimed toward ending the Russian conflict of aggression. In such a part, a fast full accession to the union can’t be a urgent concern anyway.”

Nehammer stated the emotion wanted to be taken out of the present debate on Ukraine’s EU membership, including that the fast accession of Ukraine was “not lifelike”.

 

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“We ought to create a European preparatory house, which can make it potential to strengthen cooperation with the EU step-by-step and to raised adapt to European requirements,” Nehammer stated.

Austria adopted an analogous path for a long time with European free commerce agreements earlier than it joined the EU in 1995, he famous.

Ukraine has stated it’s fed up with “particular options” and separate fashions for its integration into the European Union and desires full membership, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba stated final month.

Nehammer additionally stated he supported French President Emmanuel Macron’s concept of building a brand new sort of political European group of nations who aspire to hitch the bloc or want nearer ties and adherence to the EU’s values.

Kyiv has expressed its concern that such a group could possibly be used as a substitute for membership.

(Reporting by John Revill; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)

Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.


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