The closer the date of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius comes, the sharper the discussion about the prospects of Ukraine’s eurointegration becomes. It’s obvious, that even with a favorable outcome and signing of the Association Agreement with the EU, our country will have to undergo a lot of work on the implementation of the European standards in the Ukrainian reality.
The main allies of Ukraine in this question are the political will of the country’s leaders and national elite and understanding of the simple fact by millions of Ukrainians: changes won’t come instantly. They grow out of comprehensive work and serious changes provided by the daily painstaking work.
Perhaps, the main threat today is not only in the fact that the advantage of supporters of eurointegration over their opponents isn’t too big. Considering that two thirds of Ukrainians don’t have foreign passports, and get their understanding of life in the European Union from mass media, the positive attitude of a considerable part of the population of our country to eurointegration can be considered a happy combination of circumstances. This is the foundation where eurointegration can be erected.
It obviously becomes necessary for our country to use the experience of other countries of the former socialist block and especially the Soviet Union republics which became members of the EU. Ukraine doesn’t need to reinvent the eurointegration wheel. It would be a lot more efficient to become a diligent student at a school where they teach to introduce European standards in all spheres of life. This comparison looks especially reasonable when we recall experts speaking about 10 years our country needs for adaptation to norms of the European Union.
Ukraine is capable of strengthening the EU not only thanks to the 45-million consumer market and favorable geographical position. The very fact of creation of the European family of nations without one of the largest states of the continent looks incomplete. But Ukraine shouldn’t expect indulgences, hoping for the idea that it made the decision about eurointegration later than other neighbors. The larger the state is, the greater are the demands, since the European Union aspires to calculate risks of its enlargement. Brussels and Strasbourg see the complex of Ukrainian problems perfectly well.
Formation of the lobby of neighbors which won’t simply give political support, but will also recall their own peculiarities of implementation of the Association Agreements with the EU and pay attention to the difficulties of the transition period can become the most favorable situation for our country. By and large Ukraine doesn’t need a big tow, capable of pulling it forward; it needs skilled and well-disposed sailing masters who would help it to bypass reefs and sandbanks.
We want to hope that the journey which the ship called “Ukraine” will begin at the end of November (all sober-minded politicians in Ukraine realize that it will be the start, and not the finish) will be not only important for the state, but also effective for its citizens. As a matter of fact, our country makes the European choice exactly to ensure the European quality of life and modern standards of social relations.