EU MONITOR: The European Union’s Position Toward Ukraine’s EU Membership

Jakub Ferenčík wrote the EU Monitor on "The EU's stance on Ukraine's EU membership", where he discusses Ukraine's potential membership in the EU. Ferenčík also discusses the process of transitioning to EU membership and compares it to a similar process faced by some other countries, notably Serbia. In his work, the author discusses some of the factors of the transition process, from subscribing to EU values such as "human dignity, freedom and equality" to creating an area of "prosperity and neighbourhood".

In order to become an EU member state, Ukraine must meet the strict terms of the Copenhagen criteria. There are a number of other factors that Ukraine must comply with, which they have thus far been open to. For one, affiliate Member States must respect the values the EU is founded on, as outlined in Article 2, which include “human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.”12 Leading up to 2022, Ukraine has had its fair share of difficulty with upholding these values. Racism and gender inequality permeate Ukrainian society, as reported by the Human Rights Watch.

 

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Jakub Ferenčík
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