Hanne Severinsen delivered a public lecture at the Institute of World Policy to young Ukrainian leaders interested in issues of Ukraine’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The presentation’s topic of the Danish politician was “The Enchanted Circle: Ukraine and the EU.”Mrs. Severinsen is a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Institute of World Policy. She served as Co-Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe between 1997 and 2008.
Pointed the lost chances for Ukraine to become a member of the European Union: “In 2005, after the Orange Revolution, there was a great chance to guide Ukraine to membership in the EU. However, the EU was already exhausted by new members’s inflow,” said Mrs. Severinsen.
She believes that the progress toward EU membership is natural for Ukraine, and at some point it would become irresistible for the EU leader to not admit Ukraine to a full membership. Moreover, full integration would bring a lot of advantages to both Ukraine and the EU.
“Ukraine shouldn’t as a maid sit and wait a proposal to go dance. Your country made a choice of allegiance to democracy and common European values. Making a progress in realizing those values is the best way to engage with the EU.”
The Danish politician arrived to Ukraine at an invitation of the Institute of World Policy. And she is a special guest at the official presentation of Institute, which will take place the same day at the Hyatt Hotel in Kyiv.