Berlin – ESI at conversation with German policy makers on the future of Ukraine’s EU integration
ESI’s Gerald Knaus was invited as a speaker at the United for Ukraine (U4U) event “Scholz’s speech in Prague: a turning point in Europe’s commitment on Ukraine’s EU integration?”
The debate focused on the shifts in Germany’s position on EU enlargement and the outlook of Ukraine’s EU integration.
Gerald spoke about Ukraine’s bid for EU membership and added that there have been key moments in European history that have opened the window for EU enlargement, such as the end of the Cold War and the war in Kosovo, which led to the decision to create the foundations for lasting peace in Europe. Therefore, if the war between Russia and Ukraine ends, this should be considered the next big step to finally enlarge the EU with the Western Balkans, Ukraine, and Moldova, and thus restoring peace in Europe.
Gerald said that there is no consensus for reform within the EU. However, he argued that Ukraine should be accepted on its merits and follow the path of Lithuania, as outlined in ESI’s proposal for access to the Single Market and the four freedoms. Moreover, Gerald said that the accession talks should happen under the Swedish EU presidency and should be assessed by the European Commission only.
Gerald was joined by Michael Roth, Chair of Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs and by Nils Schmid, Representative on foreign affairs on behalf of SPD group in Bundestag. The discussion was moderated by Andrius Kubilius, Member of the European Parliament and former Prime Minister of Lithuania.
- ESI proposal: “Offer the four freedoms to the Balkans, Ukraine, and Moldova”
- ESI report: “The Balkan Turtle Race”