House President holds meetings in Rome

Within the framework his visit to Rome for the Extraordinary Conference of Speakers of EU Parliaments on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, hosted by the Italian Parliament and Senate, the President of the House of Representatives, Mr Demetris Syllouris, had today separate meetings with the President of the Italian Senate, Mr Pietro Grasso, and the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, Mrs Laura Boldrini. Mr Syllouris was accompanied by the Ambassador of the Republic in Rome, Mr Tasos Tzionis, as well as the Director of the House of Representatives, Mrs Vasiliki Anastasiadou, the Head of the International Relations Service, Mrs Evi Stavri-Hadjiyianni, and the Senior International Relations Officer, Mrs Hara Parla.

At his meeting with Mr Grasso, the President of the House of Representatives referred to the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and the wider region. Also, views were exchanged on the migration and refugee crisis. The need was stressed to address the problem in a balanced way within the EU. Mr Grasso and Mr Syllouris also discussed ways for the further enhancement of the bilateral parliamentary relations in the fields of migration and energy, as well as in the sectors of economy, culture, education, science and technology.

During the meeting with Mrs Boldrini, Mr Syllouris referred to the perspective of finding a solution to the Cyprus problem, stressing the negative role of the Turkish intransigence. Mrs Boldrini underlined that Europe should realize that Cyprus constitutes its integral part and supported the achievement of a just solution the soonest.

Then, Mr Syllouris and Mrs Boldrini discussed the migration and refugee crisis, highlighting that the EU should undertake more responsibilities collectively and distribute the burden of the crisis in a fairer basis. Finally, the two Parliament Presidents discussed ways for further deepening their cooperation, through the assumption of various initiatives, in a wide range of fields, especially in the field of culture.

Source: Press and Information Office