Bratislava summit: fundamental discussions on EU’s future

Bratislava summit: fundamental discussions on EU’s future

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is attending the EU-27 summit in Bratislava.

 

The meeting’s objective is to discuss the situation in Europe after the Brexit vote, to identify issues of concern to EU citizens and to start consultations on what the future community should be like after the United Kingdom leaves it.

 

The summit in the capital of EU presiding country Slovakia is held without the United Kingdom.

 

The President underlined that the European Union had reached the breaking point and needed to decide on the vision for its future, diagnose the main problem areas, remedy and improve them.

 

According to the President, trust in the European Union will be restored only when European people become convinced that their expectations are heard and when they see concrete results achieved in overcoming the migration crisis, fighting terrorism, securing EU internal and external security, and boosting economic growth.

 

In this moment of crucial importance, the President said, EU member states must maintain unity, focus on things that connect them and not allow divisions to develop.

 

The summit’s agenda also includes the process of ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the complicated situation in Bulgaria at the EU’s external border with Turkey due to increased flows of migrants there.

 

Member states responded to Bulgaria’s request for assistance and intend to contribute to the security of that border. Lithuania plans to delegate 10 border guards to Bulgaria and to allocate 41 thousand euros in support funds.

 

 

Press Service of the President

 

 

 

 

19.09.2016

 

 

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