FM speaks on migration, common defence, Digital Market and EU budget at EU Council

The implementation of the principle of solidarity in the EU migration policy, the progress in implementing the Common Defense and Security Strategy, the digital market union and the forthcoming revision of the EU budget were the key issues raised by Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides during the General Affairs Council (GAC) held yersterday in Luxembourg.

The GAC prepared the Conclusions of the forthcoming European Council (22-23 of June) focusing on immigration, security and defense issues, employment, growth and competitiveness, the Digital Europe issue and the Paris Agreement On Climate Change.

During his intervention at the meeting and referring to immigration, the Foreign Minister expressed the view that we should collectively engage in efforts to implement the principle of solidarity in practice, which cannot be voluntary and at will. He stressed that it is an integral part of the solution to the immigration issue and there should be the clear and balanced burden sharing.

With regard to defense and security, Ioannis Kasoulides welcomed the progress made in implementing the EUs Global Strategy, noting that the ambition of the strategy aims to make the Union capable of acting autonomously in crisis management and to be able To protect its citizens.

Minister Kasoulides also highlighted the importance of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Nicosia.

The Foreign Minister made special mention of the initiatives for the Digital Single Market, which would help particularly Member States of the region as well as the Capital Markets Union. The Minister supported the European Council conclusions on free and fair international trade. He also expressed the need for full implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and agreed on the irreversible and universal nature of this agreement.

During a working lunch, where the issue of the EU budget was discussed in reference Britains withdrawal from the Union, Kasoulides pointed out that the new budget should take full account of the needs of European citizens and should promote Clear objectives where there is added value.

He also stated that the budget should also be able to cope with the new challenges we face in key areas such as strengthening the social dimension of Europe, sustainable development, attracting investment, research and innovation, Security and terrorism, migration, energy and climate change.

Source: Cyprus News Agency