The European Union has never offered Ukraine the opportunity to be part of the community. This was stated by the candidate for the post of European Commissioner for European neighbourhood policy and the expansion of Oliver’s Vergai during a speech on Thursday at a hearing in the European Parliament in Brussels, reports TASS.
“Ukraine requests the opportunity to fully integrate in the EU. We have to think about this question. While we such opportunity was not offered to Ukraine”, – he said.
According to the Hungarian diplomat, the priority for it would be “accelerating the implementation of the Association agreement with Ukraine with the aim of creating a solid market economy”.
“One of the reasons for the vulnerability of Ukraine is the lack of a strong economy in the country. I will make every effort to integrate Ukraine into the maximum possible number of European programs, particularly in the area of infrastructure development or promotion of investments,” he said.
We will remind, the European Commission, under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen are unable to get to work on time – November 1, because the Parliament rejected in September and October, nominations of commissioners from France, Romania and Hungary, suspecting them of a possible conflict of interest. As a result, these countries have put forward new candidates for the EC. They were the Hungarian diplomat Oliver’s Bargai, ex-Minister of economy and Finance of France, Thierry Breton and MEP from Romania Alina Valen. Von der Leyen has already held interviews with them, approving them with his hand, now has to go through hearings in the relevant committees of the European Parliament. Valen will take the post of European Commissioner for transport and tourism, Breton – on industry.
In addition, the United Kingdom, which received a third extension on Brexit until January 31, 2020, now needs to nominate its representative for the three months to the Executive body of the EU. As have informed on Thursday Agency France-Presse, London decided not to do it before the scheduled December 12 parliamentary elections.
While the new Commission will not be fully staffed and approved, the former members of the EC chaired by Jean-Claude Juncker will continue to exercise his powers, which formally expired on 31 October. Although the European Commission has appointed one representative from each EU country, European commissioners should not represent the national interests of their States, and to work for the benefit of all EU performing functions similar Ministerial in national governments.