Klaus Iohannis: Aspirations for Moldova and Ukraine’s EU Accession, with Realism in Mind

The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, stated that “we, Romania, wish for Moldova and Ukraine’s accession to happen quickly, but it doesn’t mean overnight.” These statements were made after the European Commission recommended today the start of accession negotiations for both countries with the EU. The Romanian head of state emphasized that even the EU member states need to prepare further for this accession.

The head of state also mentioned on Wednesday in Belgium that the procedures and the way negotiations progress are aspects that both parties need to work on. However, he remained optimistic, stating that in a few years, the necessary steps would be taken by both sides, as reported by Digi24.

“We know that these accession negotiations take years, we know from our own experience, and we see, for instance, that they already take a very long time for some Western Balkan states. Of course, we want the negotiations to start quickly, but that doesn’t mean accession; it means negotiations and preparation for accession,” said President Klaus Iohannis.

“For example, we, Romania, wish for Moldova and Ukraine’s accession to happen quickly, but it doesn’t mean it will happen overnight. At the same time, I agree that the European Union also needs to make some changes,” added the head of state.

He mentioned that he also said at the last informal Council in Granada that “not only the candidates need to be prepared for accession, but we, who are already part of the European Union, need additional preparation. Improving procedures and negotiation methods is needed. There is work to be done on both sides. I am optimistic that in a few years, we will manage to take the necessary steps on both sides,” President Klaus Iohannis further stated.

On Wednesday, November 8, the European Commission (EC) recommended the European Council to start accession negotiations for the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine with the EU.


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