Estonia may forgo EU financial aid if Ukraine joins the EU — Kallas
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas says that the country is ready to refuse payments from the EU's cohesion funds if Ukraine joins the EU
ERR reported the information.
According to an internal EU study, if Ukraine joins the EU, it will have to pay the country almost EUR 190 billion over seven years. This will mean that several current beneficiary countries, including Estonia, will become mere contributors to the EU treasury and will not be able to receive payments from there. Kallas said that Estonia is ready for this in the future.
"Eventually it will happen, but not immediately," the prime minister added, explaining that in the long run it will not be a problem for Estonia.
Kallas also called on other EU countries to start working on budget reforms that will allow Ukraine to join the EU.
Ukraine's accession to the EU
Kyiv applied for EU membership on February 28, 2022, at the start of Russia’s full-scale war on Ukraine.
On June 23, 2022, Ukraine was granted candidate status for EU membership.
In May, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Ukraine should be ready to join the EU in two years – the country expects to receive a political decision to start accession negotiations this year.
During a speech in parliament on Constitution Day, President Zelenskyy proposed five points of the Ukrainian Doctrine for discussion.
According to Espreso's sources, the European Parliament is considering the possibility of starting negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU this fall.
However, on August 17, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna said that Ukraine would not be able to implement all 7 EU recommendations by October, as these are changes that have been implemented over the years.
The next day, Maria Mezentseva, Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine's Integration with the EU, noted that it is necessary to wait for the October report of the European Commission on the implementation of 7 EU recommendations by Ukraine.
On August 28, European Council President Charles Michel said that the European Union should be ready to accept new member states by 2030. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, expressed support for setting a tentative time frame for new members to join the EU.
On September 8, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said that negotiations on Ukraine's accession to the EU should begin by the end of this year. According to him, clear European perspective will inspire Ukrainians on the battlefield.
On September 21, the head of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction, Davyd Arakhamia, said that the Ukrainian parliament has passed 99.9% of what is needed to start negotiations on EU membership.