EU should not ‘lower the bar’ to take in Ukraine, says Denmark

EU should not ‘lower the bar’ to take in Ukraine, says Denmark

Denmark’s Finance Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, stated that while Denmark supports EU membership for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and the western Balkans, it believes that “geopolitical circumstances” should not overshadow the need for governance reforms. Rasmussen emphasized that relaxing standards on democracy and corruption to expedite the accession process could lead to the importation of instability into the EU. He made these remarks in an interview with the Financial Times.

The process of joining the EU requires a country to align its laws with various EU standards, covering areas such as climate and labor. Typically, this process takes several years.

Regarding Ukraine’s potential membership, Rasmussen argued that the EU should not lower its standards but instead provide assistance and investments to help Ukraine meet the necessary requirements. He emphasized the importance of key judicial reforms that Ukraine still needs to implement, according to an EU official familiar with the bloc’s recommendations.

In 2019, the European Commission proposed changes to the EU’s system for admitting new countries, aiming to give existing members more influence. This proposal came after objections from countries like France and Denmark regarding the expansion of the EU to include six Balkan countries.

Rasmussen revealed that Denmark had reversed its position and was now open to internal EU reform, including the possibility of more majority voting, to accommodate new members.

In conclusion, Denmark supports EU membership for several countries but believes that governance reforms should not be overlooked. The country warns against relaxing standards on democracy and corruption, as it could lead to instability within the EU. Denmark is also open to internal EU reform to accommodate new members.

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