EU budget discussions on Ukraine are on the right track — Polish politician Czech
Polish politician Mirosław Czech says that discussions about the EU's budget for 2030 are already underway, anticipating Ukraine's potential membership in the EU by that time
He shared the information on Espreso TV.
"Americans and Europeans are great at making money and counting money, but Ukrainians are also good at it. Some countries thought that Ukrainians were not so good at counting money. According to the latest information available, they are already discussing the EU budget, taking into account Ukraine being a member of the EU in 2030. Do you know how much money Ukraine will receive during the first 7 years of its membership in the EU? It will receive EUR 186 billion for agricultural policy and equalization between regions. This is pure and living money without interest, not loans," the Polish politician said.
According to him, some European experts say that the Ukrainian case is different, given that Ukraine is at war. They note that some funds have already been provided to help Ukraine.
"And there are also large Russian funds that are frozen with more than USD 300 billion, so these experts say that this part can also be taken into account in providing funds to Ukraine. And then they also mention American money for Ukraine, asking, "Don't you want too much?" And this is the right conversation. So, when it comes to this stage, I am happy. Because when they talk about the money that Ukraine receives, it means that everything is on the right track," summarized Mirosław Czech.
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.