Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said that the requirement for a unanimous vote no longer makes sense on key EU policy issues, including for the admission of Ukraine to the EU.
This is necessary for the EU to move faster along the path of development, Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.
"We need to go even further. For example, I have always argued that unanimity voting in some key areas no longer makes sense, if we want to move faster. Europe should also play a greater role in health or defence," the EC President noted.
According to her, reforms are already underway in some areas. For example, in matters of environmental remediation or banning goods produced using forced labor from entering the EU market.
"The Citizens Panels have proven that this form of democracy works. It should become part of the way we make policy. I will propose to give Citizens Panels the time and resources to make recommendations before we present certain key legislative proposals," the EC President noted."
Von der Leyen said that the future of Europe is also the future of Ukraine:
"Europe is a dream. And it shines brightest in the eyes of all those young Ukrainians who have found a refuge in Europe. The future of Europe is your future. The future of our democracy is the future of your democracy."
French President Emmanuel Macron supported the EC President and called for creating a new "European political community". In his opinion, if the criteria for EU membership are not revised, then the only way to speed up the admission of Ukraine to the EU is to structure the European continent.
Macron advocated for amendments to the EU treaties "already at the meeting of the European Council in June (2022)" after Ursula von der Leyen had expressed support for this event earlier.