The former head of the EC believes that Ukraine is unlikely to join the EU in the next five years

© / Alexey VitvitskyFormer European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

Former head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker - 1920, 02/14/2024

14 Feb – Former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker considers Ukraine’s full membership in the European Union unlikely in the next three to five years.
“If partial membership (of Ukraine in the EU) will facilitate the prospects for accession, in general, I have nothing against it. I am not privy to the details of the negotiations, but a step-by-step rapprochement, in some way “almost membership” of Ukraine (in the EU), would be worth considering “In any case, this would be more realistic than full membership in the next three to five years,” Juncker said in an interview with the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung.
The former chairman of the EC is of the opinion that Ukraine needs to be provided with guarantees of accession to the EU, but promises should not be made that cannot be fulfilled within the deadline expected by Kiev. The ex-official also called for remembering the accession conditions that must be met so that Ukraine’s internal unresolved problems are not brought into the EU countries.
The EU summit on December 14 decided to launch negotiations on future membership of the European Union with Ukraine and Moldova. In June 2022, the EU granted EU candidate country status to Ukraine and Moldova, setting several strict conditions for the formal start of accession negotiations. The EU has repeatedly admitted that such a decision was largely symbolic in order to support Kyiv and Chisinau in their confrontation with Moscow.
The status of an EU candidate country, as well as the start of negotiations, does not necessarily mean that the country will join the European Union; these steps also do not oblige Brussels to anything. Obtaining candidate status is only the beginning of a rather long journey towards joining the EU. Turkey has been in candidate status since 1999, and has been “conducting” membership negotiations with the EU since 2005, North Macedonia has been a candidate since 2005, Montenegro since 2010, Serbia since 2012. Croatia was the last country to join the EU in 2013; the process took 10 years.

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