French Ambassador Etienne de Ponsin believes that Ukraine’s path to the European Union will be long and sometimes painful, but in the end, thanks to the implementation of reforms, a completely new country will join the European community.
The diplomat expressed this opinion on Friday during an online discussion of the Kyiv Security Forum dedicated to the restoration of Ukraine, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
The Ambassador noted that yesterday’s decision to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate member of the EU was the first serious step on this path.
“This, of course, will depend on Ukraine, but this path will be long and sometimes painful, there may be some disappointments, everything will not happen as quickly as you want, but in the end Ukraine will become a full member of the family of EU member states. “, – said de Poncin.
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He noted that in France they watched how other countries, in particular Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, joined the EU, and saw that if they try, then they succeed.
“If we compare Ukraine with Poland, we see that Poland has been a member of the EU since 2004. Ukraine can also expect to become a member of the EU if it implements the relevant reforms,” the ambassador stressed.
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In this sense, he drew attention to the importance of the rule of law and judicial reform.
“It is very important to carry out judicial reform properly. I am sure that then Ukraine, which will eventually join the European Union, will be completely new,” the diplomat emphasized.
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As reported, the heads of state and government of the European Union on Thursday decided to grant Ukraine the status of a candidate country for joining the EU.