Italy PM urges ‘stronger’ EU that spreads east

Italy PM urges ‘stronger’ EU that spreads east

Italy PM urges ‘stronger’ EU that spreads east

Italy PM urges ‘stronger’ EU that spreads east

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Tuesday stated the EU wishes to emerge stronger from the historic challenges thrown up by way of the struggle in Ukraine, which includes by way of increasing eastwards.

The conflict, he advised the European Parliament in Strasbourg, changed into “a safety, humanitarian, electricity and economic crisis all rolled into one” that had found current EU establishments to be “insufficient” in their response.

The answer, he argued, was “pragmatic federalism” with streamlined decision-making that would get rid of member state vetoes that currently are often able to block majority stances.

“This is the start of a path that will lead to treaty revision. And if that’s going to be the case, we should embrace it,” he said, to applause by MEPs.

Draghi, a former president of the European Central Bank credited with saving the euro from collapse a decade ago, said EU enlargement eastwards was key, including taking in Ukraine.

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“We need to fully integrate countries that have European aspirations,” he said.

He voiced Italy’s support for “the immediate opening up of accession negotiations” with Albania and North Macedonia, and for reinforced negotiations with Kosovo and Bosnia.

“We’re in favour of all of these countries joining the European Union and we also want Ukraine as a member of the European Union,” he said.

Days after Russia invaded in February, Ukraine pleaded for fast-track entry into the EU.

Brussels replied by means of saying the technique turned into rigorous, complicated and took years, but offered Kyiv a speeded-up preliminary evaluation level.

Albania and North Macedonia had been already poised to start the accession system seeing that 2020, however, has been in limbo because of objections from Bulgaria and conditions imposed by way of Germany and the Netherlands.

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