French President Emmanuel Macron clarified, during a press conference given at the Elysee Palace alongside Moldovan President Maia Sandu, his idea of creating a European political community that he had proposed in early May.
“This community is not an alternative to the process of accession to the European Union but a complement which, independently of it, makes it possible to structure more strongly the political, energy and investment relationship with several countries which so wish. “said the Head of State.
Emmanuel Macron recalled that this new format aimed "to create a new framework for structuring cooperation, bringing together democratic European nations which adhere to our core values and which aspire or not to join the European Union".
Emmanuel Macron had presented this project on May 9 before the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the midst of a debate on the launch of the process of accession of Ukraine, at war against Russia. He explained that it would take "decades" for Ukraine to join the EU, and suggested that in the meantime it should be part of a "European political community" which could also include Britain, which has left the EU. EU in 2020, or Moldova.
Moldova welcomes this initiative
“We understand that joining the EU is a long and complex process, which requires a lot of effort and a lot of work. We are not looking for a shortcut on this path. We are prepared to make efforts, to work,” she added. Moldova submitted its application to join the European Union on March 3, as did Ukraine (February 28) and Georgia (March 3).
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In front of Maia Sandu, whom he received for the third time, Emmanuel Macron said he hoped that "the next few weeks will allow us to provide a clear response to Moldova, which deserves it, given its geopolitical, security and humanitarian situation". .
The plan for a "European Political Community", which is to be debated at the European summit at the end of June, has been criticized by some leaders, such as Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, according to whom it reflects a lack of will to quickly integrate Ukraine into the EU.
The head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba denounced Thursday a "second-class treatment" from "certain capitals" about the Ukrainian candidacy to join the EU. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had said earlier that he was not in favor of granting Ukraine a "shortcut" to EU membership.
In his speech on the occasion of Europe Day, May 9, Emmanuel Macron had proposed, in parallel, the creation of a "new European organization". “We cannot be kept at a distance,” President Volodymyr Zelensky replied.