Polish parliament adopts resolution backing Ukraine’s EU candidacy

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (R) speaks during a parliamentary debate on in the Sejm (lower house) in Warsaw, Poland. [EPA-EFE/Tomasz Gzell]

Ukraine should be admitted to the European Union as per a resolution passed by the lower chamber of the Polish parliament known as the Sejm on Thursday.

MPs called the EU Council to start the procedure of giving Ukraine candidate status and the European Commission to prepare a roadmap for accession negotiations.

The Sejm “appeals to all EU institutions and Member States to enable Ukraine to join the European Community as fast as possible,” the resolution states.

Parliament also wants Ukraine to be included in the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility and calls for creating a separate budget for the restoration of the objects demolished in the Russian attacks.

In the resolution, the Sejm also expressed “respect and admiration” for the “steadfast” attitude of the Ukrainian people defending their country against the Russian occupiers. It states that “the only possible and necessary response” for the invasion by Moscow is resolute reaction by the international community.

On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed Ukraine’s application to be a candidate country to the EU. The day later, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, appealing for EU institutions to take action.

Meanwhile, the presidents of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania and Bulgaria issued a letter calling on other EU members to support Ukraine’s European aspirations.

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