Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer called for an intermediate period between cooperation and full membership of the European Union (European Union).EU) for countries like Ukraine and Moldova.
Prime minister Shirt calls this a “preparatory space” that allows countries to meet EU standards, similar to the European Economic Area (EEA) or the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA).
“We are united by the same goal, we all want a strong, independent and economically successful Ukraine,” Nehammer said in a statement released by the Austrian chancellor’s office.
According to him, Ukraine is currently in the midst of hostilities and all efforts are focused on ending the conflict. “In such a period, quickly joining the alliance is not an urgent matter,” he said.
Austrian politicians emphasized that the Ukraine quickly joining the union is “unrealistic”.
“We should create a prepared space for Europe, which strengthens step-by-step cooperation with the EU and better adapts to European standards,” said Mr. Nehammer.
Austria followed a similar path for decades with Europe’s free trade agreements before joining the EU in 1995, he noted.
Last month, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said, Kiev was tired of “special solutions” and separate models for joining the European Union and wanted to become a full member.
Austrian Prime Minister Nehammer also expressed support for French President Emmanuel Macron’s idea of the creation of a new European political community of countries that aspire to join the bloc or wish to have closer relations. and adhere to EU values.