Michel promises Ukraine a “serious” consideration of its EU membership bid but predicts a “difficult” debate

European Council President Charles Michel promised Ukraine on Tuesday that the 27 will seriously consider its formal application to join the European Union, although he expected it to be a “difficult” debate because of “differing “Sensibilities” within the bloc in relation to the prospects of enlargement.

“It will be up to us Europeans to keep up with the times. We know it’s a difficult subject because there are different opinions on enlargement within the European Union,” Michel explained in his speech during the extraordinary plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, which met to show support for Ukraine and the Russian invasion to refuse.

Michel so spoke minutes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky intervened via videoconference in the debate in the European Parliament and demanded that the 27 allow Ukraine to become a “full member” of the European Union.

Michel promises Ukraine a “serious” consideration of its EU membership bid but predicts a “difficult” debate
Michel promises Ukraine a “serious” consideration of its EU membership bid but predicts a “difficult” debate

Michel recalled that after receiving Ukraine’s official communication, which he described as a “symbolic, political and legitimate” request, it is up to the European Commission to draw up an opinion to give its opinion on the situation and to clarify the proposal. In practice, Brussels must first be entrusted with this task by the Council, after which the 27 should decide how to proceed.

In any case, the former Belgian Prime Minister has assured that the Council will “seriously examine” the petition signed by Zelenskyy on Monday before taking an “appropriate decision”.

In his speech, Michel also had harsh words to denounce Russia’s “unacceptable” aggression against Ukraine, which he says is being attacked by the Vladimir Putin regime for “choosing freedom, democracy and the rule of law.”

The President of the Council has again branded Putin’s handling of this crisis as “geopolitical terrorism” and called on the Russian President to “end the war, bring (the troops) home and negotiate”.

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