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EU 'Obliged' to Accept Ukraine as Member, Says Commissioner

World | March 18, 2014, Tuesday // 14:29| Views: 2645 | Comments: 4
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Bulgaria: EU 'Obliged' to Accept Ukraine as Member, Says Commissioner EU Commissioner on Enlargement Stefan Fule. Photo by the European Council

EU is 'obliged' to use enlargement in its policy toward Ukraine, Commissioner Stefan Fule said on Tuesday.

Speaking for German newspaper Die Welt, Fule, who is in charge precisely of the EU's enlargement policy, said the bloc should use "its strongest instrument" if it wants to deal with "this part of Eastern Europe which last events have affected".

He described enlargement as having "unprecedented efficiency and stabilizing power". Ukraine is currently committed to signing only an Association Agreement on March 21, as European Foreign Ministers decided on Monday's emergency meeting in Brussels.

Association Agreement with Ukraine will be signed after the EU has implemented for years its European Neighborhood Policy, which was openly designated for countries with slim prospects or no prospects at all to join the union.

Die Welt, however, quotes Fule as explicitly saying accepting Ukraine into the EU could only be a "long-term" goal.

He reminded that EU leaders had already agreed that an agreement with Kiev and the unilateral drop of trade barriers will not be the final point in the relations of both sides.

It was precisely the refusal to sign of an EU Association Agreement that triggered protests and violence across Ukraine's ousted president Viktor Yanukovych in mid-November 2013 and led to him fleeing the country after Parliament declared him "illegitimate" on February 22 this year.

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#4
Peter7260 - 20 Mar 2014 // 01:29:22

What happens if Greece uses its veto against Ukraine EU membership?

Greece needs the euro more than Ukraine.Greece does not care about EU,it cares more how to line up their own pockets,the famous "envelope"don't forget.

#3
mapkom - 19 Mar 2014 // 01:27:10

Are you a German taxpayer? If not, your concern for them is very touching.

#2
Yane - 19 Mar 2014 // 00:41:53

He means the German taxpayers should foot the bill, yeah right like they want to pay for 50 mil ukrainians (minus crimeans).

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Lana J. - 18 Mar 2014 // 16:30:25

Really? No restrictions, no human rights records, no anti corruption demands? Are Ukrainians more special than Bulgarians and Romanians?

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