Ministers for EU affairs from the Weimar Triangle nations and Ukraine met in a unique summit at Kórnik Castle outside Poznan on Friday. How to swiftly reintegrate Ukraine into the European community was the key discussion issue.
The meeting was attended by the Minister for European Union Affairs, Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk; the German Minister for Europe and Climate, Anna Luehrmann; the French Minister for European Affairs, Laurence Boone; and the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister responsible for integration with NATO and the EU, Olha Stefanishyna.
The ministers decided during the meeting to request effective planning for the EU enlargement process in a joint letter to the European Commission.
The process of EU expansion should be considered a significant aspect in stabilizing the European environment, especially in the current geopolitical scenario, said Szynkowski vel Sęk, adding that “Poland supports an ambitious approach to expanding our community.”
“This is an opportunity not only for countries aspiring to membership but also for us, the member states of the Union, to increase our security and strengthen the significance and influence of the EU in the world,” the minister said.
EXPANDING ONE’S ABILITY TO ACT
Before the conference, Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk noted that the summit’s objective “is to mobilize EU countries to support the process of EU enlargement.”
Before traveling to Poznan, Laurence Boone had a meeting with her German counterpart in Berlin. Later, she stated on Twitter that strengthening democracy in Europe, preparing for future EU expansion, and defending our shared values are the most crucial tasks facing the continent right now.
Minister Anna Luehrmann of Germany stated, “We want to collectively look to the future of the EU. We will talk about how to quicken the enlargement procedure and increase the EU’s capability to act. In this light, The Weimar Triangle has a specific duty”.
According to Olha Stefanishyna’s social media post, Ukraine and the EU “stand together for peace in Europe, defending values and freedom against tyranny and hatred as one strong European family.”