After Berlin, Paris is also slowing down the timetable for Ukraine’s entry into the European Union. “We have to be honest. If we say that Ukraine will join the EU in 6 months, a year or 2 years, we are lying. It is not true. It is undoubtedly 15 or 20 years, it is very long “. The new French Minister for European Affairs said today, Clement Beaune. Three days ago the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz he had stated before the Bundestag that he was not in favor of one faster procedure compared to the standard one for Ukraine’s entry into the EU. “That there is no shortcut to Ukraine is also a question of loyalty to the six countries of the Western Balkans”, said Scholz, adding that “Ukraine belongs to the European family but entry into Europe is not a question. a few months or a few years “. The position of France and Germany clashes with those of the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the president of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyenboth in favor of speeding up the process.
Every country that asks to join the EU must commit itself to carrying out reforms that allow it to align itself with European standards on the rule of law, economy, justice, politics and industry. This is what was also asked of the countries that joined last, how Bulgaria and Romania or, in 2004, Hungary, Cyprus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Baltic countries. A partial integration process would risk, as happened with Poland and Hungary as regards the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, of allowing countries still below certain standards to join the group of 27 and vote in the EU Council, as well as in the European Parliament, on these issues. A problem aggravated, as we have seen, by the fact that, pending the revision of the Treaties, each of these countries can exercise what is in fact a power of veto in the Council. And Ukraine on these standards has many shortcomings to date. According to the corruption perception index developed by Transparency, it is the most corrupt country in the Old Continent, at 122nd place worldwide out of 180 countries analyzed. According to reports from the European Commission itself, there is no real strategy to fight organized crime, while the main national media are concentrated in the hands of a small group of publishers. Serious shortcomings also in the matter of respect for human rights, especially with regard to communities Lgbtqi.