Mr. Taoiseach hotly argued in favor of Ukraine’s early EU membership at an emergency summit of EU leaders that lasted until 3 a.m. in Paris.
The land’s position is supported by the Baltic states and a few others, but Germany and the Netherlands oppose the swift approach.
“I have voiced strong support for the EU’s facilitation Ukrainethe path to membership,” Taoiseach said.
“In my view, the expansion has been too slow over the past decade.”
Geopolitically, the world is polarized between authoritarian states on the one hand, dictators on the other, and democracies that respect basic values like freedom of speech, on the other. the other are democracies.
“One of the most effective ways to protect those values is to ensure a faster expansion than has happened so far.”
What made a strong impression at the conference was that the Ukrainian people are now fighting for the future of their children “and they want that future to be in a democratic Europe.
“I think it’s a very emotional presentation, because quite a few countries like Poland, Hungary and others are on the Ukrainian border.
“Essentially, our statement is about Ukraine pursuing the European path, and that means the path to EU membership.
He added that some member states would like to see the normal process followed, which means a delay of up to a decade before Ukraine is admitted.
“But others, like ourselves, feel that we should speed things up for Ukraine and others as well as the best approach to protect democracy and the fundamental values we hold dear. important.”
Regarding another round of sanctions against Russia over its invasion, Taoiseach said: “We are looking at the financial sector, the banking sector and also the potential energy sector.”
But he said the issue of expelling diplomats in a coordinated move had not been discussed. “We are focusing on more substantive issues that affect the Russian economy and its ability to wage war,” he said.
There is a concern that with its dependence on energy and rising fuel prices, Russia is indirectly being financed through EU energy spending. It’s a challenge and something we need to get rid of as quickly as possible. “
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/taoiseach-says-he-argued-strongly-in-favour-of-ukraine-joining-the-eu-at-emergency-summit-41437612.html Taoiseach says he argued strongly in favor of Ukraine joining the EU at the emergency summit